TPC Group Shares Plunged: What You Need to Know

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What: Shares of TPC Group (Nasdaq: TPCG  ) , a producer of specialty chemicals, fell more than  12% on more than double its average daily volume before closing down around 8%.

So what: While no there was no company-specific news to cause the drop, TPC may have suffered collateral damage at the hands of Kraton Performance Polymers (NYSE: KRA  ) , another specialty chemist that fell more than 30% after missing earnings estimates.

Now what: Second-quarter results are due in a week. In the meantime, shares of TPC trade for roughly one-third the long-term earnings growth rate analysts expect, resulting in a 0.35 PEG ratio. Unless Wall Street is off the map in its estimates, this stock is a bargain right now. Do you agree? Disagree? Weigh in using the comments box below.

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  • Report this Comment On August 04, 2011, at 6:46 AM, GCF007 wrote:

    This is a classic text book example of a company who is worth buying since $4/share in EPS for 2011, guidance good, earned $1.44 in the quarter and took a 30 plus percent loss---undeserved and solid. Great buying opportunity.

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