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What: Shares of BlackRock Kelso Capital
So what: Investors' ongoing dumping of BlackRock Kelso likely has to do with its massive earnings miss. But a sell-off in Nasdaq-listed stocks could also be taking a toll. Mr. Market has spent days shivering at the thought of $100 oil.
Now what: Don't take that to mean you should get complacent. My Foolish colleague Sean Williams was right to compare BlackRock's big price tag to its relatively cheap peer, MVC Capital
That's not the only difference between these two. Over the past year, BlackRock Kelso has seen returns on assets decline by 90 basis points and return on equity drop by 120 basis points. MVC's returns on assets and equity, while lower, have remained mostly steady over the same period. BlackRock Kelso is headed the wrong way, and in more ways than one.
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