When stocks fall fast and far, they sometimes set themselves up for remarkable rebounds. The following equities suffered dramatic drops over the past week. With help from the 170,000 members of Motley Fool CAPS, we'll see whether any of them have the potential to bounce back.
It's been a while, but thanks to last week's sell-off, we once again have a chance to stand beneath Mr. Market's silverware drawer in hopes of snagging a bargain. Let's meet today's contenders:
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Research In Motion
Companies are selected by screening on finviz.com for abrupt 10% or greater price drops over the past week. 52-week high and recent price data provided by finviz.com. CAPS ratings from Motley Fool CAPS.
Five super falls -- one superball
Christmas came early for stock investors last week. In a coordinated move, the central banks of Great Britain, Japan, Switzerland, and the U.S. Federal Reserve announced a plan to make dollar loans available to European banks that were having trouble getting access to dollars on private markets. The news capped a week in which the Dow Jones Industrial Average (INDEX: ^DJI) posted gains every single day. Of course, the Dow only has 30 stocks on its list. Not all stocks fared so well.
Above, you see five names that bucked the trend and managed to post their worst prices in a year. So what went wrong? It wasn't always clear. ZAGG, for example, had no bad news last week; to the contrary, on Wednesday ZAGG introduced a new keyboard accessory for Samsung's Galaxy Tab tablet computer, which should boost sales at the company.
In other cases, the reason for stocks' weak performance was painfully obvious: Weak subscriber numbers at Netflix. An earnings miss at Research In Motion. Allegations of fraudulent production numbers at Silvercorp's Chinese mines.
And then there's Ancestry.com. The clear favorite on today's list (among CAPS members, at least), four-starred Ancestry.com got walloped last week after tweaking the price plans it charges subscribers to its genealogical website. Contrary to what you might expect based on the sell-off, though, fellow Fool Rick Munarriz actually liked the news, and likes the stock. He's not alone.
The bull case for Ancestry.com
As CAPS member Clu11 points out, Ancestry is "the largest genealogy site in the world and is still growing at a healthy rate."
CAPS All-Star jazzysav says "these guys own the industry that serves the basic human need to know where we've come from."
And TXinvestor82 loves the company's "great, sticky subscription model with more eyeballs hitting its website every month."
Ancestry is all about the future
Sure, Ancestry may not look like much of a bargain at first. Selling for 28 times earnings and 21% projected growth, you might even think it looks a little pricey. I mean, even Ancestry-rival Google
But when you recall that Ancestry generates more than twice as much cash as it reports as net earnings on its income statement (a claim Google can't make), Ancestry's true cheapness becomes obvious. At a valuation of barely 11 times free cash flow, Ancestry would be fairly priced at just half the growth rate it's currently expected to achieve. On the other hand, if the company comes anywhere near to actually hitting 21% projected long-term growth, then Ancestry's stock is a bargain. And remember, Ancestry has exceeded growth expectations in three of the last four quarters.
Personally, I don't believe a move to raise prices on new subscribers, and lock in loyal longtime subscribers at lower rates, will hurt Ancestry's growth prospects. To the contrary, I suspect it will help the company boost earnings and reduce customer churn -- but that's just me.
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