Valeant, DryShips Stuck in Friday’s 52-Week Low Club

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April 7, 2017: Here are four stocks trading with relatively heavy volume among 60 equities making new 52-week lows in Friday’s session. On the NYSE, decliners led advancers by about 8 to 7 and on the Nasdaq advancers and decliners traded evenly, 1,400 to 1,409.

DryShips Inc. (NASDAQ: DRYS) dropped about 30% Friday to post a new 52-week low of $0.72 after closing at $1.03 on Thursday. Volume was about 15% above the daily average of around 31 million. The company said late Thursday that it will execute a 1-for-4 reverse stock split effective April 11. This marks the fifth reverse split in the firm’s stock in 13 months.

Valeant Pharmaceuticals International Inc. (NYSE: VRX) dropped about 2% Friday to post a new 52-week low of $9.44 after closing Thursday at $9.63. The stock’s 52-week high is $38.50. Volume of nearly 15 million shares was about 25% below the daily average of around 19.5 million. The stock is on track to post a gain of around 0.5% for the day following an offer from Fresenius SE to acquire Akorn. Barron’s suggests that investors must believe there’s a buyer for anything, so why not Valeant?

Top Ships Inc. (NASDAQ: TOPS) posted a new 52-week low of $0.51 on Friday, down more than 21% compared with Thursday’s closing price of $0.65. The stock’s 52-week high is $8.40. Volume was nearly double the daily average of around 2.3 million shares. The company had no specific news.

Palatin Technologies Inc. (NYSEMKT: PTN) dropped about 6.5% Friday to post a new 52-week low of $0.29 after closing at $0.31 on Thursday. The stock’s 52-week high is $0.90. Volume was nearly double the daily average of around 2.2 million shares. The company had no specific news.