Shares of the recently discarded Jammin Java (OTC BB: JAMN.OB) popped nearly 20% higher on Friday, after inking a distribution deal with Spectrum Coffee and Water.
That's a welcome break for any investors still sticking with the stock. The shares had fallen sharply in each of the four previous trading days, and Friday's surge didn't even make up for half of the week's losses.
Jammin's drop serves as an object lesson in the perils of aggressive stock touting. A third-party shareholder that has -- or had -- been bankrolling a massive marketing campaign to promote the stock managed to send a nearly revenue-less penny stock that didn't even trade on some days in January all the way up to $6.35 four weeks ago.
But since then, Rohan Marley's coffee company has seen its stock surrender 73% of its value, despite Friday's good news.
It is hard to quantify the financial significance of the announcement. Spectrum isn't exactly a household name, and Jammin's current coffee pricing is too high to be taken seriously in the corporate coffee-service realm. Of the three brands of coffee pods that Spectrum stocks on its website, Jammin has the priciest offering.
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I warned investors about the pitfalls of chasing an actively promoted speculative stock a month ago, and came back to assess the damage after a seven-trading day stretch in which no less than 10 million Jammin shares were being exchanged in any given day.
At some point, Jammin Java may be worth buying -- but it's not there yet. We already know that the company generated less than $42,000 in sales during this year's first fiscal quarter ending in April, despite being stocked through Cooking.com and Amazon.com
The circus appears to have moved on, despite Friday's bounce. With 76.7 million shares outstanding after a recent sale, Jammin finally has a lower market cap than Caribou Coffee
As it emerges from the stock-touts' shadows, Marley's coffee company now has a tall order to fill.
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Longtime Fool contributor Rick Munarriz isn't much of a coffee drinker, though he has had a Keurig in his home since 2007. He does not own any of the stocks in this story. Rick is also part of the Rule Breakers newsletter research team, seeking out tomorrow's ultimate growth stocks a day early.