In the following video, Motley Fool industrials analyst Blake Bos takes a look at Stratasys' earnings report. While the company beat analyst estimates and gave stronger guidance than expected, Blake points out that with a stock like this with such a long-term investing thesis, we're going to want to look at more long-term measurements of success than just a strong single quarter. He tells us what he likes about the company's ideas on expanding its offerings, and what he wants to see in terms of its research and development. Blake also identifies his favorites in the 3-D printing space, as we start to see all the ways in which this new technology might be adopted.

Stratasys competitor, 3D Systems, is at the leading edge of a disruptive technological revolution, with the broadest portfolio of 3-D printers in the industry. However, despite years of earnings growth, 3D Systems' share price has risen even faster, and today the company sports a dizzying valuation. To help investors decide whether the future of additive manufacturing is bright enough to justify the lofty price tag on the company's shares, The Motley Fool has compiled a premium research report on whether 3D Systems is a buy right now. In our report, we take a close look at 3D Systems' opportunities, risks, and critical factors for growth. You'll also find reasons to buy or sell, and receive a full year of analyst updates with the report. To start reading, simply click here now for instant access.


The article What You Should Really Focus on in Stratasys' Earnings originally appeared on Fool.com.

Blake Bos has no position in any stocks mentioned. The Motley Fool recommends 3D Systems and Stratasys. The Motley Fool owns shares of 3D Systems and Stratasys and has the following options: Short Jan 2014 $36 Calls on 3D Systems and Short Jan 2014 $20 Puts on 3D Systems. Try any of our Foolish newsletter services free for 30 days. We Fools may not all hold the same opinions, but we all believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. The Motley Fool has a disclosure policy.

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