5 of Last Week's Biggest Losers

There's never a shortage of losers in the stock market.

Let's take a closer look at five of this past week's biggest sinkers.

Company

Aug. 24

Weekly Loss

My Watchlist

Swisher Hygiene (Nasdaq: SWSH  ) $1.57 (24%) Add
Big Lots (NYSE: BIG  ) $430.28 (21%) Add
ImmunoCellular (NYSE: IMUC  ) $2.43 (20%) Add
ZAGG (Nasdaq: ZAGG  ) $6.99 (17%) Add
Best Buy (NYSE: BBY  ) $17.31 (15%) Add

Source: Barron's.

Swisher was flushed by Wall Street after the company's CEO announced that he was leaving on Monday. Swisher also received a Nasdaq notice indicating that the company is not in compliance for its exchange listing.

Big Lots fell -- lots -- after posting a brutal quarterly report. Profit clocked in well short of expectations, and sales also failed to live up to projections as domestic stores suffered a nearly 2% slide in comps. The retailer of discounted clearance and overstocks is apparently not the all-weather investment that many investors thought it would be.

ImmunoCellular Therapeutics slipped after the fledgling biotech's CEO -- Manish Singh, who was also the company's president and a board director -- resigned.

ZAGG took a hit after the maker of protective screen covers and other gadget accessories revealed that its CEO would be stepping down. A margin call forced him to sell a chunk of his company's stock a week earlier.

Best Buy got even cheaper after posting a lousy quarterly report and handing its new CEO an outrageous pay package.

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