3D Printing Companies: Short Interest Is Alive and Growing (DDD, SSYS, XONE, PRLB)

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Garden gnomesIf something is too good to last, it won’t. That could be the story among the publicly traded companies we are watching in the 3D printing business. Growth began to pick up smartly in the first half of last year, pushing shares of 3D Systems Inc. (NYSE: DDD) up around 250% by January of this year. Shares of Stratasys Ltd. (NASDAQ: SSYS) were up 650%, mostly due to a merger with a competitor that completed in early December. ExOne Co. (NASDAQ: XONE) came public just over a month ago and shot up nearly 60% on its first day of trading. Service provider Proto Labs Inc. (NYSE: PRLB) is up 67% since its IPO in February 2012.

But times got a little choppy in January, and while every company got a boost from the ExOne IPO, the glow from that faded relatively quickly…

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