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1-Star Stocks Poised to Plunge: Osiris Therapeutics?

Based on the aggregated intelligence of 180,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, stem-cell company Osiris Therapeutics (Nasdaq: OSIR  ) has received the dreaded one-star ranking.

With that in mind, let's take a closer look at Osiris and see what CAPS investors are saying about the stock right now.

Osiris facts

Headquarters (Founded) Columbia, Md. (1992)
Market Cap $363.2 million
Industry Biotechnology
Trailing-12-Month Revenue $27.9 million
Management CEO Dr. Charles Mills (since 2004)
CFO Philip Jacoby Jr. (since 2009)
Return on Equity (Average, Past 3 Years) 12%
Cash/Debt $38.8 million / $0
Competitors Abbott Labs
Biogen Idec

Sources: S&P Capital IQ and Motley Fool CAPS.

On CAPS, 51% of the 73 All-Star members who have rated Osiris believe the stock will underperform the S&P 500 going forward.

Earlier this week, one of those Fools, All-Star BlacknGold, tapped Osiris as a particularly speculative selection:

Hopefully this speculative pharma red-thumb doesn't hurt me like some others have these past few months. I tend to agree with those who are realistic about the company's recent nod on Prochymal and ask "Yeah, so what?" This is tough for me because I am an absolute believer in the gargantuan impact stem cells will one day have on society. However, there are still too many obstacles and questions that remained to be answered.

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  • Report this Comment On October 02, 2012, at 10:43 AM, tblakeslee wrote:

    This is a totally fact-free article. All we know is that somebody doesn't like the stock. Reasons might be helpful. I've been holding a lot of it for years and my feeling is that it is about to skyrocket. They have products that work and are now getting approval. They have worked for 20 years on the stem cell approach and it is now coming to fruition. It will revolutionize medicine.

  • Report this Comment On October 02, 2012, at 10:55 AM, tblakeslee wrote:

    Here is an article that illustrates the amazing potential of one of OSIR's products. This is a total revolution in medicine and OSIR has the patents and the products. The biggest problem now is the FDA likes to protect the big pharma obsolete solutions.

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