National Instruments Corp (NASDAQ:NATI)

CAPS Rating: 4 out of 5

A supplier of measurement and automation products that engineers and scientists use in a range of industries. The Company provides application software and modular, multifunction hardware that users combine with industry-standard computers, networks.

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Member Avatar investanickel (< 20) Submitted: 5/25/2012 12:48:06 PM : Underperform Start Price: $24.89 NATI Score: +29.97

Have owned NATI for over a year and have watched it thoroughly underperform Mr. Market during this time. Further, I don't see this drag on my portfolio's performance changing anytime soon. Holding (albeit somewhat impatiently) at this point but not very confident in its turnaround. Don't know what I'm missing - a very high percentage of CAPS members weighing in on the stock are high on it - but I'm unimpressed at this point.

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Member Avatar Lants (40.91) Submitted: 7/28/2011 7:29:27 PM : Outperform Start Price: $24.66 NATI Score: -32.76

The stock is at a low price, and the revenue and earnings have been growing fast over the last couple of years. The share price also tends to consistantly rise faster than the S&P.

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Member Avatar fundamentalsrock (49.45) Submitted: 2/2/2011 4:21:53 PM : Outperform Start Price: $28.65 NATI Score: -46.84

Nat is in a highly cyclical industry, so I expect major ups and downs over the next 5 years. But, they are the best in the business in cost, R&D leadership, and sales and marketing. Over time they will only go up.

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Member Avatar RLBOWERSOX (96.19) Submitted: 7/22/2010 5:22:37 PM : Outperform Start Price: $19.70 NATI Score: -30.65

NATI will benefit from post-recession from retooling and refurbing.

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Member Avatar Orthonormal (93.04) Submitted: 4/8/2010 1:31:12 PM : Outperform Start Price: $21.69 NATI Score: -29.87

Good company with a good product and excellent applications support.

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Member Avatar george1938 (< 20) Submitted: 3/11/2010 1:44:31 PM : Outperform Start Price: $20.57 NATI Score: -28.03

Though not the biggest definately the technology leader

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Member Avatar learner09 (< 20) Submitted: 10/29/2009 4:23:49 PM : Outperform Start Price: $16.85 NATI Score: -11.69

Good tech stock. Plays in both manufacturing and technical education market. and a dividend stream yet.

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Member Avatar getoutngo (< 20) Submitted: 10/21/2009 5:31:42 PM : Underperform Start Price: $16.72 NATI Score: +7.36

Forward PE of 30x on 2010's earnings, coming down from 45x today?! If Sales are only growing 10%, then earnings growth will not pickup substantially enough to drive the forecasted PE lower from 30x, especially when historical PE is much lower. They need to substantially increase earnings to justify their valuation.

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Member Avatar miketexan (< 20) Submitted: 7/27/2009 3:34:05 PM : Outperform Start Price: $15.91 NATI Score: -18.40

NI is strong, well managed, with smart people and little internal politics. Employees believe and contribute in the company's success.

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Member Avatar TheBigLab (65.09) Submitted: 7/22/2009 7:46:09 PM : Outperform Start Price: $15.11 NATI Score: -13.41

Testing Hydrogen growing seg

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Member Avatar zagel (< 20) Submitted: 6/11/2009 12:08:58 PM : Outperform Start Price: $14.16 NATI Score: -3.26

Strong product, good tech support to follow it up.

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Member Avatar tj99 (96.48) Submitted: 3/20/2009 12:15:53 PM : Outperform Start Price: $11.31 NATI Score: +3.44

Everything you need for research. Seems likely to benefit from investments for the future, although could be slow short-term.

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Member Avatar TankedToday (70.56) Submitted: 3/16/2009 2:12:15 AM : Outperform Start Price: $10.23 NATI Score: +23.10

Another Tom pick - Tom is not wrong about these guys. Solid products and solid company.

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Member Avatar faze67 (< 20) Submitted: 3/4/2009 9:22:31 PM : Outperform Start Price: $10.40 NATI Score: -5.56

MARCH PICK

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Member Avatar RiverRover (86.70) Submitted: 2/17/2009 7:30:33 PM : Outperform Start Price: $11.85 NATI Score: -4.97

All the other tech companies need what NATI has to offer. They will all go up together when the economy is better.

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Member Avatar traderpat9 (77.33) Submitted: 2/4/2009 7:44:12 PM : Outperform Start Price: $12.46 NATI Score: -8.10

national instruments is down over 50% since mid june of 08. put on watch list for a 3rd or 4th quarter buy. fools then buy & hold!!!!!!! fool on

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Member Avatar potsticker (20.21) Submitted: 1/29/2009 11:50:10 PM : Outperform Start Price: $13.26 NATI Score: -15.22

I use the products and cannot think of a credible competitor in the market.

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Member Avatar redclaymud (67.00) Submitted: 1/28/2009 10:07:31 PM : Outperform Start Price: $13.12 NATI Score: -9.98

I'm putting my money where the Motley Fool's mouth is. Maybe it's blind faith in the ability of a couple of guys who look cool in jester's hats.

My experience at investing is limited to losing money at investing, so I figured the time is right to let greater fools than I lead the way.

Today I sold off most my unfoolish investments (for an overall modest gain) and started a $10k portfolio of totally foolish Stock Advisor stocks.

Bought today:
CTAS 50 @ 23.79
OMTR 100 @ 9.17
LLTC 50 @ 24.28
NATI 50 @ 21.35
FO 50 @ 37.86

Still in Portfolio:
DOW 190 @ 15.86 (not a Stock Advisor pick)
ATVI 100 @ 9.10

Blind faith and a slow learning curve. We'll see how it works out.

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Member Avatar tiamteckt (< 20) Submitted: 1/22/2009 10:04:21 PM : Outperform Start Price: $12.61 NATI Score: -15.79

NI has a healthy cash flow. The company will weather through the recession.

NI is voted one of the best 100 companies by Fortune for the 10th consecutive year. The company surely deserve to be on the board for their prudent management and farsighted business strategy.

NI is currenlty trading at 18.5x PE and with 2.4x Price-to-book. It looks reasonable to me.

Good stocks to consider as core stock in my portfolio

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Member Avatar meche007 (83.02) Submitted: 12/23/2008 3:00:36 PM : Outperform Start Price: $14.44 NATI Score: -29.82

LabVIEW. 'nuff said.

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