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Although we don't believe in timing the market or panicking over market movements, we do like to keep an eye on big changes -- just in case they're material to our investing thesis.
What: Hang on -- shares of Hanger Orthopedic Group (NYSE: HGR ) fell as much as 10.7% overnight before making a modest recovery, with a huge volume spike at the bottom of the bounce.
So what: The orthopedic device wrangler and operator of orthotic and prosthetic care centers across America matched or beat revenue and earnings estimates in last night's first-quarter report and reaffirmed its existing full-year guidance. None of this was surprising in the least, but then investor expectations on this type of high-octane growth stocks often get a bit ahead of themselves.
Now what: Overheated expectations often set the stage for heartbreak, and that's what we have here: That volume spike sticking out like a sore thumb looks a lot like one large investor dumping a large batch of shares in disgust. Sporting five CAPS stars out of five, Hanger is one of the highest-rated stocks in the red-hot health-care provider field, beating such stalwarts as Quest Diagnostics (NYSE: DGX ) and WellPoint (NYSE: WLP ) . A drop like this on a high-quality stock can be a signal to buy shares at a discount.
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