A large downtrend is often a normal part of any stock’s life cycle. There are very few stocks that see massive runs higher that then don’t experience at least one 40% swing lower (i.e., Netflix, Inc. (NASDAQ:NFLX), Green Mountain Coffee Roasters Inc. (NASDAQ:GMCR), Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL)). This swoon can often create opportunity to repurchase the stock at a much cheaper price, as it usually realigns expectations with growth. Here, I am looking at two such stocks that have seen a large downtrend to determine if a reversal is in play or if the downtrend was part of a larger problem.
Questcor Pharmaceuticals Inc (NASDAQ:QCOR)
If you would have invested just $5,000 in Questcor Pharmaceuticals Inc (NASDAQ:QCOR) back in 2007 and then had sold it in June of last year you would have made more than $700,000 (not bad huh?)! However, last year a combination of insurer restrictions on its drug Acthar, an investigation into its marketing practices, and a bearish outlook from short-seller Citron Research created a sudden shift in perception, as overly optimistic investors suddenly became pessimistic, and the stock lost almost 70% of its value in three months.
For those of you who bought at the end of September, you have enjoyed a very nice gain of 70%. Since bouncing off its lows the stock had traded in a very tight range around $25, with one very brief run to $30. However, over the last month we have seen a sudden rise of 22.50%, and a stock that has now exceeded $32. Therefore, what happens now?
When you look at what created the selling pressure in shares of Questcor Pharmaceuticals Inc (NASDAQ:QCOR), it was in fact speculation. However, the fundamentals suggest that this is a company that is still more than doubling year-over-year and with a forward P/E ratio of 6.20, it is cheaper than at any period over the last five years.
Furthermore, I’d add that it’s more attractive now as a long-term investment, because one thing that the sell-off created was a change in the behavior of management. Prior to the sell-off the company was relying on just one product, but since then, management has acquired a clinical company and has implemented both a share buyback program and a dividend. Therefore, QCOR is now a stock that is cheap that also has a forward yield of 2.60%, and is a fast-growing company that I say is a definite buy.
Mellanox Technologies, Ltd. (NASDAQ:MLNX)
After a four-year 1,100% return, shares of Mellanox Technologies, Ltd. (NASDAQ:MLNX) took a sudden turn for the worse late last year. The losses began when the company issued guidance that was a couple million dollars short of expectations, and the market overreacted. However, in the last two quarters, the company has come out and issued even worse guidance leading some to believe that there is a long-term fundamental shift occurring, from Mellanox Technologies, Ltd. (NASDAQ:MLNX) being a growth company to a maintenance company. In fact, during its last quarter, the company guided for Q1 revenue between $78 million and $83 million, 40% below the consensus.