NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Computer storage provider OCZ Technology Group (OCZ) and hard-drive makers Western Digital (WDC) and Seagate Technology (STX - Get Report) are trading lower after OCZ lowered guidance for the quarter that ended Aug. 31.As of Thursday's market open, OCZ is down about 30% from highs on Wednesday. Shares in Seagate are lower in sympathy, down 4%. Western Digital's are lower by less than 1%. Intel ( INTC - Get Report), which has a strong enterprise presence in the solid-state storage space, opened higher to trade up over 1%. Intel's relative revenue stream from solid-state drives is minimal. OCZ CEO Ryan Petersen stated in the preliminary second-quarter earnings report: "Despite achieving bookings in excess of our expectations for our second fiscal quarter, we were not able to meet our previously stated revenue guidance due primarily to constraints in NAND flash supply."During the month of August we experienced a significant shortage on certain NAND flash components, based on industry wide tightening of supply, leaving OCZ with an undersupply of the 2xnm MLC NAND used in our Vertex and Agility Line of products. "While we believe that the situation will resolve itself, subject to market conditions, we plan to hasten our transition to new process nodes in order to help ease these supply constraints." According to the preliminary report, revenue for OCZ's fiscal second quarter is $110 million to $120 million, down $20 million from the previous estimate of $130 million to $140 million. You could have seen this coming before it happened. TheStreet.com's Dick Arms wrote
What's the best play with OCZ? Right now keep the powder dry and let the dust from the panic settle before trying to catch this falling knife. If OCZ is down Friday and again on Monday, look to buy shares for a quick 5% dead-cat bounce. Otherwise, I would wait until the next quarter before trying to "value invest" here. As I stated in my last article, it usually takes a quarter or two of positive results before the return of investor confidence. As of the time of publication the author did not hold a position in any stock mentioned. This article was written by an independent contributor, separate from TheStreet's regular news coverage.