5 of Last Week's Biggest Losers

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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.


Sept. 7 Closing Price

Weekly Loss

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Audience (Nasdaq: ADNC  ) $6.90 (62%) Add
LeapFrog (NYSE: LF  ) $9.15 (16%) Add
AuRico Gold (NYSE: AUG  ) $5.97 (14%) Add
Pandora (NYSE: P  ) $10.47 (13%) Add
Sigma Designs (Nasdaq: SIGM  ) $6.09 (11%) Add

Source: Barron's.

Audience was the market's biggest loser, shedding nearly two-thirds of its value after revealing that the audio-signal processor specialist's technology may not be available in the upcoming iPhone 5. The drop may seem severe, but it's more a reaction to Audience's ability to license its technology in the future than the licensing revenue that it will have to live without.

Kindle Fires weren't the only tablets getting cheaper this week. LeapFrog lowered the price of its LeapPad1 by $20 to $79.99. The learning toy was one of last holiday season's biggest winners, but investors don't usually warm up to margin-stinging price cuts.

AuRico Gold wasn't all that golden last week. The gold producer hosed down the production estimates at its flagship Ocampo mine.

Pandora slipped after a report revealed that iTunes was working on a rival service that would be made available for iOS, Mac, and Windows devices. It may be a bit of an overreaction given the fact that many other companies have rolled out similar custom streaming platforms, but iTunes remains the top dog in digital music.

Finally, Sigma Designs may have posted a narrower quarterly loss than the market was expecting, but BWS Financial still downgraded the chip maker after the report.

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  • Report this Comment On September 10, 2012, at 10:48 AM, gointocalif58 wrote:

    You are completely wrong on VRNG closing crice on SEPT 7th. It closed up at $3.53. You need to retract this . Very suspicious that You would make this error.

  • Report this Comment On September 10, 2012, at 11:04 AM, CaptainJackSparr wrote:

    Everything about this stock is becoming suspicious and how its being ironically maneuvered. This is a hot one...many are ready to jump on board quick. Foolishness abounds here...and yes they need to retract the error. Sad but also INTERESTING that even the foolish are becoming involved in this...!!!!!!

  • Report this Comment On September 10, 2012, at 11:57 AM, TMFBreakerRick wrote:

    Yep. This one's on me. The last four names on the table were from LAST WEEK's column. Let me get that corrected right away.


  • Report this Comment On September 10, 2012, at 3:05 PM, mcreel65 wrote:

    You know that you made a mistake by posting vrng as one of the top losers from last week. Why is that headline still showing all those times on yahoo? It needs to be removed from the vrng headlines ASAP!!!!!!!!

  • Report this Comment On September 11, 2012, at 10:48 AM, gointocalif58 wrote:


    You also need to have YAHOO get these 5 posts off it's VRNG News. VRNG does not belonmg under your Big Loser lists. I know you removed it off the lists,NOW HAVE YAHOO REMOVE IT ALSO! Thsi stock has took a nose dive ever since you posted.

  • Report this Comment On September 12, 2012, at 10:22 AM, mcreel65 wrote:

    Why in the hell is this still being posted under vrng yahoo headlines?? Anyone looking at this for the first time will think that vrng is one of last weeks losers. It is not enough for you to say "my bad" if this is still being posted. This needs to be removed from yahoo headlines ASAP!!!!!!!

  • Report this Comment On September 12, 2012, at 10:33 AM, taishiba wrote:

    what's going on with your fake VRNG posts?

    Come on thought this site had more accuracy and integrity!

    Obviously not!!!!!

  • Report this Comment On September 12, 2012, at 10:57 AM, thepracticingyog wrote:

    I have been a member of the MF since 2005 and I am very disappointed in the number of wrong information and misplaced article of late that are showing up under the MF name.

    This article showing up under Vringo is a perfect example.

    Where is the oversight


  • Report this Comment On September 12, 2012, at 11:51 AM, gointocalif58 wrote:

    You will be reported to the SEC for putting out false info on a stock and posting it as news on Yahoo's site. Yahoo will also be held accountable.

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