Why Orthofix Shares Got Crushed

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What: Shares of Orthofix International (NASDAQ: OFIX  ) plunged 16% today after the medical device company postponed the release of its financial results for the second quarter of 2013.

So what: Orthofix said that it needs additional time to review matters related to revenue recognition for prior periods, raising plenty of worry among investors that the company might have to restate its financials. Of course, even if nothing serious is found in the review, the postponement alone might suggest to some that Orthofix's accounting practices aren't exactly on the conservative side.  

Now what: Expect the stock to remain under heavy pressure in the short term.

"The Audit Committee cannot predict the length of time or outcome of its review," wrote Orthofix in a statement. "At this time, the Company is not providing annual or quarterly guidance for 2013."

So while it might be a good idea for bargain hounds to start sniffing around the stock, the uncertainty surrounding Orthofix seems a bit too right now to actually bite in.

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