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Stocks Sinking to 52-Week Lows: Vera Bradley, Splunk

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"Mr. Kleinfeld noted Alcoa continues its quest to lower upstream cost profiles toward goals established in mid-2010," JPMorgan analysts wrote in a May 10 report. "While the company already idled primary aluminum capacity over the last several months, it remains in negotiations with parties at sites where long term profitability is questionable under current cost structures. Specifically, Australian and Brazilian smelting assets were highlighted given their abnormally high electricity costs relative to the rest of Alcoa's portfolio. Mr. Kleinfeld also stated the current aluminum price environment hastens these decisions while a similar analysis is underway with alumina assets but not on the same scale as primary aluminum."

Shares of Alcoa hit a 52-week low of $8.21. The stock's 52-week high of $16.60 was set on July 7.

Alcoa's forward P/E is 15.37; the average among its peers is 17.17. For comparison, Freeport-McMoRan (FCX).

Ten of the 21 analysts who cover Alcoa rated it hold. Eight analysts gave the stock a buy rating and three analysts rated the stock sell.

The stock has fallen 3.58% year to date.


"Although the Street was anticipating weaker Q1 results, the magnitude of the sequential slowing in U.S. company-operated sales, along with a gloomy outlook for gross margins in the near term, appears to have caught investors by surprise," Credit Suisse analysts wrote in an April 30 report. "We remain concerned that the company's effort to fuel growth in the lower margin mobility category will result in earnings downside beyond Q1. As such, we are reducing our 2012 EPS estimate to $0.38. We are lowering our target price to $5, reflecting 10x our revised 2013 EPS estimate."

Shares of RadioShack hit a 52-week low of $4.31. The stock's 52-week high of $16.25 was set on July 26.

RadioShack's forward P/E of 9.18; the average among its peers is 12.31. For comparison, Best Buy (BBY) has a lower forward P/E of 4.37.

Fifteen of the 21 analysts who cover RadioShack rated it hold. Five analysts gave the stock a sell rating and one rated it buy.

The stock has fallen 55.82% year to date.

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