Alcatel-Lucent: The Walking Dead?

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Alcatel-Lucent does have a positive net cash position, but when you dig into the numbers and make some reasonable projections, it doesn't appear that the company has a very long lease on life. It's burning through cash (about $630 million worth in the most previous quarter) and just recently announced a massive restructuring effort that will look to cut more than $1.5 billion in costs and ax about 5,000 employees. Things certainly look bleek for the purveyor of telecom equipment, and just recently the company received even more bad news in the form of a $0 price target from a Wall Street analyst. In the following video, Brenton describes the Alcatel situation in more detail and cautions investors to resist any speculative turnaround bets.

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