ExOne stake by Novel Century a positive for shares, says FBR Capital FBR Capital views the 15.4% stake in ExOne disclosed by Novel Century Ventures as a positive for the stock. The firm says ownership of Novel traces back to a person/entity in China, and it notes that China is one of the world's largest producers and consumers of metal forgings. ExOne management told FBR that Novel Century has not contacted the company. FBR thinks the investor, should it take a more active role, may be able to help ExOne expand and enter into strategic partnerships in China. The firm adds that should Novel launch an attempt to acquire ExOne, it could have potentially positive implications for the stock. FBR has an Outperform rating on ExOne with a $55 price target.