5 Stocks Dragging Down Markets August 26th

So far today the Dow (NYSE:DIA) is up 15.4 points to 11,163, the Nasdaq (NASDAQ:QQQ) is up 16.8 points to 2,436, and the S&P 500 (NYSE:SPY) is up four points to 1,163. But not everyone is feeling the love. Here are some of today’s biggest losers by price.

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Vertex Pharmaceuticals Incorporated (NASDAQ:VRTX) shares are trading at $44.09, down $1.51 (-2.9%) from the previous close of $45.41. Vertex Pharmaceuticals is engaged in the business of discovering, developing, and commercializing small molecule drugs for the treatment of serious diseases.

Stock Price Performance: Between June 1 and August 25, the Vertex’s share price fell $7.61 (-14.4%), from $53.02 to $45.41. The stock price saw one of its best stretches over the last year between June 17 and June 29 when shares rose for nine straight trading days, gaining 16.1% (+$7.26). The stock saw one of its worst periods between July 29 and August 8 when shares fell for seven straight trading days, declining 22.9% (-$11.86).

Cypress Semiconductor Corporation (NASDAQ:CY) shares are trading at $15.70, down 30 cents (-3%) from the previous close of $16.18. Cypress Semiconductor Corporation designs, develops, manufactures and markets high-performance, mixed-signal programmable solutions that provide customers with rapid time-to-market and system value.

Stock Price Performance: From June 1 to August 25, the stock price had fallen $6.37 (-28.2%) from $22.55 to $16.18. The stock price saw one of its best stretches over the last year between January 3 and January 14 when shares rose for 10 straight trading days, climbing 17.6% (+$3.18). The stock saw one of its worst periods between March 3 and March 10 when shares declined for six straight trading days, falling 11.5% (-$2.44).

Sealed Air Corporation (NYSE:SEE) shares have fallen by 62 cents (-3.7%) to $16.50. Sealed Air Corporation, through its subsidiaries, is a global manufacturer of a variety of packaging materials and equipment systems. Its product brands include Bubble Wrap and Instapak, and these offerings are used in a range of food, industrial, medical and consumer applications.

Stock Price Performance: From May 31 to August 24 the stock price had fallen $7.77 (-30.4%) from $25.55 to $17.78. The stock price saw one of its best stretches over the last year between December 8, 2010 and December 22, 2010 when shares rose for 11 straight trading days, climbing 6.1% (+$1.46). It saw one of its worst periods between November 4, 2010 and November 16, 2010 when shares declined for nine straight trading days, falling 5.8% (-$1.36).

Accretive Health Inc. (NYSE:AH) shares are trading at $25.25, down 93 cents (-3.2%) from their previous close of $26.08.

Stock Price Performance: From July 28 to August 25, the stock price dropped $3.94 (-13.1%) from $30.02 to $26.08. The stock price saw one of its best stretches over the last year between December 15, 2010 and January 11, 2011 when shares rose for 19 straight trading days, climbing 23.6% (+$3.30). It saw one of its worst periods between October 26, 2010 and November 9, 2010 when shares fell for 11 straight trading days, declining 16.2% (-$1.86).

AMC Networks Inc. (AMCX) shares are trading at $31.98, down $1.22 (-3.8%) from the previous close of $33.26.

Stock Price Performance: From June 29 to August 25, the stock price fell $6.65 (-16.7%) from $39.91 to $33.26. The stock price saw one of its best stretches over the last year between June 23 and June 30 when shares rose for six straight trading days, rising 24.3% (+$8.50). It saw one of its worst periods between July 7 and July 13 when shares fell for five straight trading days, falling 6.4% (-$2.51).

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