Hi Scruffy, I'm also very long on NETA as I am on SYMC. I actually feel NETA had a great qtr beating the analysts estimates of 0.17 with an actual before "the stuff" of 0.20. This represented a negative 50% versus last year but is an acceleration over the previous qtr which was minus 76%. The revenues were only down 25% from a year ago which was also an deceleration from the poor -19% Sept qtr. But the fact is that NETA like SYMC is being accumulated by the institutions. It has had a group strength of A and an A/D rating of A for a while now. I think Larson will get NETA rocking again and the old high of $67 (before it's 1999 crash) will come again in 2000. NETA's Relative strength is back up to 77 and next years' EPS are projected to be up by 266%. Still, I like SYMC better.
To set the record straight, I actually have no opinion on NETA one way or the other. The motivation for my posts was to ward off what I perceived to be a potential nuisance poster, Lann_snell. I personally despise posters who post on a board for the sole purpose of bashing the company/stock and/or promoting a competing company/stock. I have had to suffer through such posters on other boards and have no desire to do so on this one. I have absolutely no problem of a thoughtful, respectful discussion of a company, it's competitors, it's sector or industry or other related topics, just as long as they don't reach down to the "School Yard" level...
As for your insights and analysis of NETA, I appreciate that kind of information. It gives me an opportunity to learn. I would welcome more posts of this type.
But there is one thing that my two previous posts do demonstrate and that is that SYMC is a much "healthier" company than NETA. NETA may be on the come back trail and their stock may perform well in the future as a result, but all things considered, SYMC stands on much more stable ground at this point.