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  • Targacept Down 76% Since Detected With EPS Syndrome  2 comments
    Mar 28, 2012 7:26 AM | about stocks: TRGT
    Targacept, Inc. (NASDAQ:TRGT) closed yesterday @ $5.28.
    Stockdiagnostics suspended the ranking on TRGT, November 23,2010 after the company reported 3rd quarter financials for the period ending September 30,2010. TRGT was diagnosed with the EPS SYNDROME, which is a red flag and warns extreme caution should be exercised before owning shares of companies with a Suspended ranking. Since the EPS Syndrome was detected 16 months ago, shares have declined from $22.43, down over $16 or 76%. During this same period the S&P500 index is up 20%.
    click to TRGT Stockdiagnostics OPS chart
    click to TRGT GFNN news story

    Disclosure: I have no positions in any stocks mentioned, and no plans to initiate any positions within the next 72 hours.

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  • Manuel Pastore
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    Hello Thomas, I have a couple questions regarding this EPS syndrome that you mentioned. What exactly is it? Is it ongoing or can it be lifted at some point, and what would it take for it to be lifted? thanks.
    2 May 2012, 02:32 PM Reply Like
  • Thomas Renna
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    Author’s reply » The EPS Syndrome is a red flag and is not always bearish.
    When a company is diagnosed with the EPS Syndrome, their ranking at Stockdiagnostics is suspended.
    Some of the biggest losers in the market have been diagnosed with the EPS Syndrome.

     

    Yes, a company with a suspended ranking (EPS Syndrome) can be lifted. Sometimes those stocks perform outstanding after the suspension.

     

    this link at my web site will explain the EPS Syndrome.

     

    http://bit.ly/ItPuuu

     

    here are a couple posts from my website showing poor perfomance of companies with the EPS SYNDROME.

     

    May 2,2012
    NCI, Inc (NASDAQ:NCIT) closed today @ $5.01. Stockdiagnostics suspended the ranking on NCIT May 9,2011 after the company reported 1st quarter financials for the period ending March 31,2011. NCIT was diagnosed with the EPS SYNDROME, which is a red flag and warns extreme caution should be exercised before owning such shares.
    Since the EPS SYNDROME was detected @ $22.15, shares have fallen over $17, or down 77% in 1 year.
    click to NCIT Stockdiagnostics OPS chart
    click to GFNN definition of EPS SYNDROME

     

    1/25/2012
    Perry Ellis International Inc. (NASDAQ:PERY)shares closed @$15.85 yesterday. Stockdiagnostics downgraded PERY on April 29,2011 after the company reported 2011 4th quarter financials for the period ending January 31,2011. Shares are down 43 % in the 9 months since the downgrade.
    Stockdiagnostics suspended PERY ranking on June 13,2011 after the company reported 1st quarter financials for the period ending April 30,2011. PERY was detected with the EPS Syndrome @ $24,68 and the shares have since dropped 35%in 7 months.
    click to PERY Stockdiagnostics OPS chart

     

    Hope that was helpful.
    You can email me back after you check it out to discuss further.

     

    tommy
    3 May 2012, 07:55 AM Reply Like
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