Invisalign maker Align Technology’s stock plunges after downbeat outlook, but analysts stay bullish

Invisalign maker Align Technology’s stock plunges after downbeat outlook, but analysts stay bullish

Shares of Align Technology Inc. ALGN, -6.69% plunged 18% toward a six-month low in premarket trade Thursday, after the maker of the Invisalign dental product reported better-than-expected third-quarter earnings, but also said average selling prices (ASPs) declined and provided a downbeat outlook. Analyst Richard Newitter at Leerink cut his price target to $320 from $420, but kept his rating at outperform saying the stock selloff is an opportunity to buy. Align said late Wednesday that worldwide ASP was $1,230, down from $1,315 in the second quarter and and from $1,310 in the same period a year ago. Stifel Nicolaus’s Jonathan Block cut his price target to $346 from $425, but affirmed his buy rating saying he does not expect a downward spiral in ASPs. The company said it expects fourth-quarter earnings per share of $1.10 to $1.15 and revenue of $505 million to $515 million. As of the end of September, the FactSet consensus for EPS was $1.32 and for revenue was $545.1 million. The stock has tumbled 24% over the past three months through Wednesday, while the S&P 500 SPX, -3.09% has lost 6.7%.

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