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|Savient Pharmaceuticals ||***||(22.7%)|
The bears grabbed the market reins Thursday as jobless claims surged unexpectedly higher, making it four down days in a row. The euphoria that momentarily existed over the demise of the world's No. 1 terrorist was quickly replaced by renewed worries about the economy. Stocks tumbled 139 points, or 1.1%, so stocks that went down by even larger percentages are pretty big deals.
The devil's in the details
The market kicked boot maker Timberland to the curb for missing analyst expectations by a mile. Where Wall Street had been anticipating $0.52 per share in earnings, Timberland came in at a measly $0.35 as costs for leather, labor, and transportation stomped on revenues that grew 10% over the year-ago period.
It was a bit of a surprise outcome considering other footwear makers, like Deckers Outdoor
When a stock falls as fast and hard as Timberland did, it's bound to rouse sentiment that the move was an overreaction, and CAPS member portastatic is looking to capture the rebound: "fire sale when there is no real fire. this drop after earnings looks like a chance to pick up a few shares ata discount."
Cracks in the foundation
Gout might be the disease of kings, but treating it delivered anything but a princely outcome for drugmaker Savient Pharmaceuticals. After a rocky road to market, Savient launched Krystexxa in March amid high hopes, but sales did not get a royal welcome. It generated only $300,000 and one analyst downgraded the stock saying Savient misjudged the market for its medicine. Rather than the hundreds of thousands of patients it estimated would stand in line for the drug, the analyst thinks there might be just 60,000 patients.
The lackluster performance could make it difficult for Savient to sell itself. It had tried to do that one time before, with thoughts that Pfizer
With 92% of the CAPS members rating Savient thinking it will still beat the market, they're obviously giving the drugmaker more than a month to prove itself. Let us know in the comments section below if you think Savient is savvy enough to prevail, and add the stock to your watchlist to see whether Krystexxa will be its crowning achievement.
Not taking flight
The market also went postal on shares of Aeropostale for its threadbare performance this quarter. The teen-oriented retailer said that same-store sales from February to April fell 7% from a year ago, a time when it had experienced an 8% increase. While Gap also fell, one-time ne'er-do-well Abercrombie & Fitch
The results are again proving how fickle teen tastes in fashion are. What's old is new again, and retailers that kids wouldn't touch a year ago are suddenly the must-have couture.
This isn't a company on it's way out - there's no debt problem that could blow the company up, there's no loss of brand image - most retailers in the same market are experiencing the same thing, a temporary drop due to the state of the economy - which will improve.
Try on some of the other opinions on the Aeropostale CAPS page and see if they fit your own thinking.
Ready for a resurrection
Just because your stock has taken a beating doesn't mean it's going to roll over and die. Markets are known for overreacting. A closer look on Motley Fool CAPS at what's happened to your stock can give you an edge over other investors who just react to the market's lead. You can decide for yourself whether it's ready to come back from the dead.
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Fool contributor Rich Duprey owns shares of Skechers and Aeropostale, but does not have a financial position in any of the other stocks mentioned in the article. You can see his holdings here. The Motley Fool has a disclosure policy.