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CONN’S, Inc. (CONN), ArQule, Inc. (ARQL), VIVUS, Inc. (VVUS): Last Week’s Biggest Losers

There’s never a shortage of losers in the stock market. Let’s take a closer look at five of this past week’s biggest sinkers.

Company Sept. 6 Weekly Loss
CONN’S, Inc. (NASDAQ:CONN) $53.19 20%
ArQule, Inc. (NASDAQ:ARQL) $2.24 20%
VIVUS, Inc. (NASDAQ:VVUS) $10.96 13%
Mattress Firm Holding Corp (NASDAQ:MFRM)
$35.59 13%
Unilife Corp (NASDAQ:UNIS)  $3.07 11%

Source: Barron’s.

Let’s start with CONN’S, Inc. (NASDAQ:CONN). The retailer of consumer electronics, appliances, and furniture slumped after missing estimates. Analysts were banking on a profit of $0.60 a share, but CONN’S, Inc. (NASDAQ:CONN) earned just $0.52. Sales were strong, but this was the second time in three quarters that the chain disappointed on the bottom line.


ArQule, Inc. (NASDAQ:ARQL) took a bit hit after an unfavorable development in its goal to get tivantinib on the market as a treatment for hepatocellular carcinoma, a common from of liver cancer. High infection rates in late-stage trial patients finds ArQule, Inc. (NASDAQ:ARQL) accepting an independent safety committee’s recommendation to cut the dose in half. Will the move trade off infections for efficacy? The market isn’t sure, and that’s the kind of uncertainty that can trigger a 20% weekly drop.

VIVUS, Inc. (NASDAQ:VVUS) took a hit after its CEO resigned. The departure is health-related, but Anthony Zook just took this gig in late July, and VIVUS, Inc. (NASDAQ:VVUS) is now on its third CEO in two months. The market’s getting concerned about the turnover at the top.

Mattress Firm Holding Corp (NASDAQ:MFRM) let the bed bugs bite after posting disappointing quarterly results. Comps were actually negative, surprising investors who were banking on positive mattress sales trends, given the housing market’s recovery. Mattress Firm Holding Corp (NASDAQ:MFRM)’s adjusted profit of $0.43 a share was also woefully short of the $0.51 Wall Street was targeting.

The near-term prospects aren’t very promising, as the leading bedding products retailer is lowering its sales, earnings, and same-store sales targets for the entire fiscal year.

Finally, Unilife Corp (NASDAQ:UNIS) stumbled after the developer of injectable drug delivery systems was taken to task in a Forbes article.

“How is a $329 million syringe company still unprofitable after 11 years?” the headline questions, going on to wonder why Unilife Corp (NASDAQ:UNIS) is profitless and generating such little revenue despite its seemingly compelling retractable-syringe technology.

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The article 5 of Last Week’s Biggest Losers originally appeared on and is written by Rick Munarriz.

Rick Munarriz and The Motley Fool have no position in any of the stocks mentioned.

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