Garmin Unit Exposes Boat Owners; Stock Jumps on Trump Rumors

MNLO and GRMN are trading lower, but PEIX is making an impressive move higher

Oct 8, 2018 at 2:07 PM
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It's been a volatile session for the U.S. stock market, with the Dow last seen down more than 100 points. Two stocks making big moves lower are drugmaker Menlo Therapeutics Inc (NASDAQ:MNLO) and GPS expert Garmin Ltd. (NASDAQ:GRMN), while Pacific Ethanol Inc (NASDAQ:PEIX) is spiking. Let's see what's moving shares of MNLO, GRMN, and PEIX below.

Drug Trial Crushes Menlo Therapeutics Stock

MNLO stock is tanking after the company's chronic cough treatment missed its goals in a mid-stage study. The shares are down 39% at $6.20, and earlier fell to an all-time low of $5.81. Menlo Therapeutics has only been trading publicly since January, but it's already suffered unbelievable decline, down 84.5% since its record peak of $39.86. A round of bearish analyst attention could now ensue and add to the security's woes, since the average 12-month price target is all the way up at $19.60.

Garmin Shares Sink on Data Security Concerns

GRMN stock is trading lower today following news the company's Navionics division had exposed the information of hundreds of thousands of boat owners. The equity is down 1.7% to trade at $67.40, coming close to its 50-day moving average, which is located at $66.93. This trendline has acted as a strong level of support since early May.

This pullback comes just a week after Garmin touched a 10-year high of $70.77, and short sellers are likely hoping this serves as a turning point. By the numbers, it would take short sellers almost two weeks to cover their positions, going by average daily volumes.

Possible Trump Announcement Boosts PEIX

Rumblings of a pro-ethanol announcement coming from the Trump administration has shares of PEIX spiking today, last seen up 26.1% at $2.37. Still, the stock has been stuck in a downtrend for over two years, touching an all-time low of $1.55 on Sept. 17, and sits at a huge discount to analysts' average 12-month price target of $9.50. For the moment, though, Pacific Ethanol has made a decisive move above the 80-day moving average, a level that's acted as a stiff ceiling over the past year.


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