Why I'm Closing Thoratec

Jun.15.09 | About: Thoratec Corporation (THOR)

I perused charts this weekend looking for new ideas, I saw a limited amount of stocks below their 20, 50, and 200 day moving averages. For well-traded stocks (200K daily volume) over $10, with a market cap over $300M... there were less than 200 - unfortunately a few are sitting on our sheets. Thoratec (NASDAQ:THOR) is one of them, and we see some quite extreme weakness after a very rosy earnings report. So I am going to let the charts decide this one and close the last smallish piece of the long position - we only had a 0.4% stake remaining.

While I questioned the valuation post earnings [May 8, 2009: Thoratec Executes Well in Healthcare Space]

I am still struggling mightily with this type of valuation (40x-ish forward estimates even with this beat), but again - this stock market seems not to care about valuation anymore so it's a tough call on what to do.

....the chart showed no reason to be wary. But in the past month the chart has gone from very good.....



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to very troubling.



In fact, with the 50 and 200 day moving averages as resistance lines, this would have been an excellent short candidate on Friday with 2 layers of insurance to backstop you.

[Feb 19, 2009: Thoratec Acquires Heartware]

[Feb 6, 2009: Thoratec Beats; Market Yawns]

[Dec 5, 2008: Thoratec with Positive Data]

[Oct 30, 2008: Thoratec Smashes Earnings; Somehow Guides Up]

[Aug 4, 2008: One for the Radar - Thoratec]

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