Dendreon Shares Got Crushed: What You Need to Know

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: Shares of biotechnology company Dendreon (Nasdaq: DNDN  ) plunged 18% on Monday after the company's quarterly results disappointed Wall Street.

So what: While Dendreon swung to a fourth-quarter profit of $38.1 million, a big revenue miss -- just $77 million versus the consensus of $121 million -- is forcing analysts to lower their growth expectations yet again. Slow adoption of its prostate cancer drug Provenge continues to weigh on sales, and judging from today's plunge, Wall Street doesn't expect things to turn anytime soon.

Now what: Not surprisingly, management also warned of slowing top-line growth in the current quarter. "Dendreon has embraced the challenge of introducing an entirely new treatment paradigm for an entirely new market and has made important progress towards establishing Provenge as the foundation of care," CEO John Johnson said. With the stock now down a whopping 70% from its April highs, Dendreon seems like decent opportunity for those who like to dig through the trash.

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  • Report this Comment On February 27, 2012, at 2:25 PM, soho48 wrote:

    Where do you get your information on this company. Your information is many months old. The stock is not down due to an earnings miss. EPS were higher than recent estimates, it is down on the comments in the CC. Your bias re this company and acas are striking.

  • Report this Comment On February 27, 2012, at 5:17 PM, cvinfl wrote:

    I'm going to hold this. Seems like a prime takeover target.

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