Volt Could Get A Jolt

To some value investors, Volt Information Sciences (VOL), a low-profile Big Board company with two profitable businesses, is ripe for either a breakup or a buyout. The fourth-largest provider of information technology staffing for such companies as Microsoft and 3M, it also lays fiber-optic cable for "last-mile hookup" to homes and offices for such telecoms as Qwest Communications. "The last mile is where the bottleneck in broadband lies, and this work hasn't been hit by the slowdown in telecom," says Summit Capital President John Rudolf, who has been buying Volt shares. He says Volt's IT staffing business remains strong as companies lay off permanent workers.

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