Nine Value Stocks on the 52-Week Low List for January 19, 2011

by: The Keating Letter

There are many, many places to look for investing ideas. Warren Buffett suggested starting with the letter A. Even though technology is different today than in his early investing career, I still like his advice. I recommend it if for no other reason than to familiarize yourself with different companies and industries that the media or analysts may not cover.

In addition to that intensive research, I also like to take a look at the new 52 week low list. For value investors, this is a great starting place to find unloved stocks. Some, if not most of them should remain unloved, even by you. Occasionally, though, a name from that list will turn out to be unloved by the general market for illegitimate reasons. The challenge is to figure out which stocks belong in which category.

If you're a growth investor or if you follow technicals, the 52 week low list probably horrifies you. Feel free to move along to a 52 week high list.

Below are the nine stocks making new 52 week lows on January 19, 2011. I used MarketWatch's screener and paraphrased the descriptions from Seeking Alpha's company profiles. Where appropriate, I've linked to a Seeking Alpha article discussing the stock.

Ticker Name Price % Change Volume Market Cap
AB AllianceBernstein 21.80 -1.49% 748k 2.23b
BCRX BioCryst Pharma 4.41 -3.50% 544k 198m
CIL China Intelligent Lighting 2.32 -5.31% 84k 31m
OTCPK:CSKI China Sky One Medical 5.35 -10.68% 841k 90m
EAR HearUSA 0.49 -12.66% 1.4m 22m
FARM Farmer Brothers Company 13.74 -10.89% 37k 221m
PDLI PDL Biopharma 4.95 -3.13% 6.9m 691m
PRGN Paragon Shipping 3.25 -1.52% 929k 166m
SVU SuperValu 7.26 -2.29% 12.6m 1.5b

AllianceBernstein: AB provides research, diversified investment management and related services globally to institutional, retail, and private clients. 20 Beaten-Up Stocks With Solid Management Teams

BioCryst Pharmaceuticals: BCRX is a biotechnology company that designs, optimizes and develops novel drugs that block key enzymes involved in cancer, viral infections and autoimmune diseases.

China Intelligent Lighting: CIL manufactures residential, commercial, and outdoor lighting, LED accessories, and other accessories. Still Optimistic About China Intelligent Lighting

China Sky One Medical: CSKI developes, manufactures and markets over-the-counter, branded nutritional supplements and plant and herb based pharmaceutical and medicinal products. 27 Red Flags for Chinese RTO Stock Investors to Look For

HearUSA: EAR operates hearing care centers in the United States.

Farmer Brothers Company: FARM engages in the manufacture, wholesale, and distribution of coffee and non-coffee products in the United States.

PDL BioPharma: PDLI manages antibody humanization patents and royalty assets consisting of Queen et al. patents and license agreements. Call Sellers Target PDL BioPharma

Paragon Shipping: PRGN provides information technology asset and service management software solutions to the private and public sectors. Paragon Shipping: In-Depth Analysis for the September 2010 Quarter

SuperValu: SVU is a grocer operating under the Acme Markets, Albertsons, Bristol Farms, bigg’s, Cub Foods, Farm Fresh, Hornbacher’s, Jewel-Osco, Lucky, Save-A-Lot, Shaw’s Supermarkets, Shop ’n Save, Shoppers Food & Pharmacy and Star Markets names. They also provide supply chain services and wholesale distribution. Supervalu Should Reward Patient Investors With Substantial Upside

Disclosure: I am long SVU.

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