There's never a shortage of losers in the stock market.

Let's take a closer look at five of this past week's biggest sinkers.


Dec. 16 Weekly Loss My Watchlist
Endocyte (Nasdaq: ECYT) $3.06 (72%) Add
Sequans (NYSE: SQNS) $2.28 (42%) Add
InterMune (Nasdaq: ITMN) $11.09 (36%) Add
K12 (NYSE: LRN) $18.90 (34%) Add
First Solar (Nasdaq: FSLR) $31.91 (30%) Add

Source: Barron's.

Endocyte called in sick after a cancer-fighting drug candidate was shown not to increase survival in a subset of ovarian cancer patients during a phase 2 clinical trial. When you're an upstart biotech with one hot potential drug, a setback in the approval process can be devastating.

Sequans disconnected with investors after the French 4G chip maker dramatically hosed down its near-term outlook after its largest customer canceled 60% of a major order. It's amazing to think that Sequans went public at $10 earlier this year, and is now trading for a small handful of quarters.

InterMune tumbled when a German advisory group -- similar to our FDA -- came to the conclusion that the benefits of its once-promising drug candidate aren't worth the gastrointestinal and skin damage side effects.

K12 got expelled from portfolios after a scathing New York Times expose played up the virtual classroom specialist's shortcomings.

Finally, First Solar lost some of its power after the company issued bleak guidance for 2011 and 2012.

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