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20 Stocks With the Potential to Drop

20 Stocks with the Potential to Drop

It's the basic question when investing in a stock: is it on the way up or will it go down? To answer this question, the street has developed numerous ways of attempting to predict what will happen, estimating various attributes tied to stock performance in order to determine what the future holds for a company's valuation. After dissecting the data, analysts following a particular stock produce a price target of where they believe the stock is headed. From the entire S&P 500, which stocks are an
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It's the basic question when investing in a stock: is it on the way up or will it go down? To answer this question, the street has developed numerous ways of attempting to predict what will happen, estimating various attributes tied to stock performance in order to determine what the future holds for a company's valuation.

After dissecting the data, analysts following a particular stock produce a price target of where they believe the stock is headed. From the entire S&P 500, which stocks are analysts expecting to have the biggest drops? With data from ThomsonReuters, we took a look at which stocks have mean consensus estimates farthest below their stock prices (as of market close on 9/22/10).

So, which stocks do analysts on average predict will have the biggest drop? Click ahead to find out!

By Ariel Nelson, Giovanny Moreano & Paul Toscano Posted 22 Sept 2010

20. Bristol-Myers Squibb (BMY)

Potential to Drop: -4.7% Mean Price Target: $26.51 Closing Price (9/22): $27.82 Number of Analysts: 17 High Estimate: $30 Low Estimate: $20.20
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Potential to Drop: -4.7%
Mean Price Target: $26.51
Closing Price (9/22): $27.82

Number of Analysts: 17
High Estimate: $30
Low Estimate: $20.20

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19. HCP Inc. (HCP)

Potential to Drop: -5.7% Mean Price Target: $34.75 Closing Price (9/22): $36.84 Number of Analysts: 12 High Estimate: $40 Low Estimate: $30
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Potential to Drop: -4.71%
Mean Price Target: $34.75
Closing Price (9/22): $36.47

Number of Analysts: 12
High Estimate: $40
Low Estimate: $30

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17. (Tied) M&T Bank (MTB)

Potential to Drop: -4.8% Mean Price Target: $84.68 Closing Price (9/22): $88.94 Number of Analysts: 17High Estimate: $95 Low Estimate: $68
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Potential to Drop: -4.8%
Mean Price Target: $84.68
Closing Price (9/22): $88.94

Number of Analysts: 17
High Estimate: $95
Low Estimate: $68

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17. (Tied) Ventas (VTR)

Potential to Drop: -5.2% Mean Price Target: $49.80 Closing Price (9/22): $52.55 Number of Analysts: 10 High Estimate: $56 Low Estimate: $41
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Potential to Drop: -4.8%
Mean Price Target: $49.80
Closing Price (9/22): $52.32

Number of Analysts: 10
High Estimate: $56
Low Estimate: $41

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16. Eastman Kodak (EK)

Potential to Drop: -7.9% Mean Price Target: $3.67 Closing Price (9/22): $3.98 Number of Analysts: 3 High Estimate: $4 Low Estimate: $3
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Potential to Drop: -5.3%
Mean Price Target: $3.67
Closing Price (9/22): $3.87

Number of Analysts: 3
High Estimate: $4
Low Estimate: $3

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15. Verizon (VZ)

Potential to Drop: -5.5% Mean Price Target: $30.54 Closing Price (9/22): $32.32 Number of Analysts: 25 High Estimate: $35 Low Estimate: $24.50
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Potential to Drop: -5.7%
Mean Price Target: $30.54
Closing Price (9/22): $32.39

Number of Analysts: 25
High Estimate: $35
Low Estimate: $24.50

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14. Netapp (NTAP)

Potential to Drop: -5.8% Mean Price Target: $45.40 Closing Price (9/22): $48.20 Number of Analysts: 25 High Estimate: $56 Low Estimate: $39
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Potential to Drop: -6.3%
Mean Price Target: $45.40
Closing Price (9/22): $48.45

Number of Analysts: 25
High Estimate: $56
Low Estimate: $39

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13. Nicor (GAS)

Potential to Drop: -7.7% Mean Price Target: $41.67 Closing Price (9/22): $45.15 Number of Analysts: 3 High Estimate: $44 Low Estimate: $38
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Potential to Drop: -7.0%
Mean Price Target: $41.67
Closing Price (9/22): $44.78

Number of Analysts: 3
High Estimate: $44
Low Estimate: $38

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11. (Tied) Titanium Metals (TIE)

Potential to Drop: -7.4% Mean Price Target: $17.67 Closing Price (9/22): $19.08Number of Analysts: 3 High Estimate: $23 Low Estimate: $14

Potential to Drop: -7.4%
Mean Price Target: $17.67
Closing Price (9/22): $19.08

Number of Analysts: 3
High Estimate: $23
Low Estimate: $14

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11. (Tied) Kimco Realty (KIM)

Potential to Drop: -8.1% Mean Price Target: $15.43 Closing Price (9/22): $16.79 Number of Analysts: 15 High Estimate: $18 Low Estimate: $12
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Potential to Drop: -7.4%
Mean Price Target: $15.43
Closing Price (9/22): $16.67

Number of Analysts: 15
High Estimate: $18
Low Estimate: $12

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10. Salesforce.com (CRM)

Potential to Drop: -9.7%Mean Price Target: $109.66 Closing Price (9/22): $121.39 Number of Analysts: 29 High Estimate: $140 Low Estimate: $65
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Potential to Drop: -7.6%
Mean Price Target: $109.66
Closing Price (9/22): $118.69

Number of Analysts: 29
High Estimate: $140
Low Estimate: $65

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9. Pepco Holdings (POM)

Potential to Drop: -8.0% Mean Price Target: $16.95 Closing Price (9/22): $`8.43 Number of Analysts: 5 High Estimate: $19 Low Estimate: $15
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Potential to Drop: -7.9%
Mean Price Target: $16.95
Closing Price (9/22): $18.40

Number of Analysts: 5
High Estimate: $19
Low Estimate: $15

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8. Priceline.com (PCLN)

Potential to Drop: -9.0% Mean Price Target: $310.18 Closing Price (9/22): $341.02 Number of Analysts: 17 High Estimate: $384 Low Estimate: $210
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Potential to Drop: -8.3%
Mean Price Target: $310.18
Closing Price (9/22): $338.15

Number of Analysts: 17
High Estimate: $384
Low Estimate: $210

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7. Ameren (AEE)

Potential to Drop: -8.9% Mean Price Target: $27.54 Closing Price (9/22): $25.10 Number of Analysts: 5 High Estimate: $28 Low Estimate: $23
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Potential to Drop: -9.7%
Mean Price Target: $27.54
Closing Price (9/22): $27.81

Number of Analysts: 5
High Estimate: $28
Low Estimate: $23

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6. Integrys Energy (TEG)

Potential to Drop: -10.3% Mean Price Target: $45.42 Closing Price (9/22): $50.64 Number of Analysts: 3 High Estimate: $47 Low Estimate: $44
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Potential to Drop: -10.5%
Mean Price Target: $45.42
Closing Price (9/22): $50.73

Number of Analysts: 3
High Estimate: $47
Low Estimate: $44

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5. Novell Inc. (NOVL)

Potential to Drop: -9.4% Mean Price Target: $5.75 Closing Price (9/22): $6.35 Number of Analysts: 5 High Estimate: $7.50 Low Estimate: $4.50
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Potential to Drop: -11.7%
Mean Price Target: $5.75
Closing Price (9/22): $6.51

Number of Analysts: 5
High Estimate: $7.50
Low Estimate: $4.50

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4. Sears Holdings (SHLD)

Potential to Drop: -10.8% Mean Price Target: $60.80 Closing Price (9/22): $68.15 Number of Analysts: 5 High Estimate: $70 Low Estimate: $54
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Potential to Drop: -15.3%
Mean Price Target: $60.80
Closing Price (9/22): $71.77

Number of Analysts: 5
High Estimate: $70
Low Estimate: $54

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3. Citrix Systems (CTXS)

Potential to Drop: -17.9% Mean Price Target: $56.79 Closing Price (9/22): $69.21 Number of Analysts: 24 High Estimate: $74 Low Estimate: $40
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Potential to Drop: -15.6%
Mean Price Target: $56.79
Closing Price (9/22): $67.28

Number of Analysts: 24
High Estimate: $74
Low Estimate: $40

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2. Akamai Tech (AKAM)

Potential to Drop: -20.9% Mean Price Target: $41.44 Closing Price (9/22): $52.41 Number of Analysts: 17 High Estimate: $60 Low Estimate: $25
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Potential to Drop: -17.1%
Mean Price Target: $41.44
Closing Price (9/22): $50.00

Number of Analysts: 17
High Estimate: $60
Low Estimate: $25

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1. American Int’l Group (AIG)

Potential to Drop: -33.2% Mean Price Target: $24.83 Closing Price (9/22): $36.61 Number of Analysts: 3 High Estimate: $40 Low Estimate: $6
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Potential to Drop: -30.4%
Mean Price Target: $24.83
Closing Price (9/22): $35.67

Number of Analysts: 3
High Estimate: $40
Low Estimate: $6

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