Lubrizol (NYSE: LZ) is being bought by Berkshire Hathaway (NYSE: BRK.B) for $9 billion. Investors seem to think that is too low. Toyota (NYSE: TM) is hurt by earthquake and interruption of supply. Con Ed’s nuclear facilities and their future status pose risks for investors
Note: The Flame Index scans thousands of news sites 24 hours per day and ranks companies getting the most negative press right now. The Flame Index Media Analysis Algorithm crunches the data for an up-to-the-minute ranking of the hardest-hit companies.
The Flame Index started as a research tool in 2008 at the NY Innovation Design Lab (nyidlab). It was used as a general metric to evaluate companies and their risk in the media. Publicly traded Fortune 500 companies are used as a measure to calculate an overall market of negative news and the companies are ranked within that market
|Rank||Company||Ticker||Score||Change in Rank||Comments|
|1||Lubrizol||LZ||40.529||+305||Buyout by Buffett. Investors don’t like price|
|2||Fannie Mae||FNMAS||40.325||-1||Concerns about liquidation|
|3||Health Net||HNT||37.1||+221||Losses data on two millions people|
|4||Consol Energy||CNX||35.313||+260||Nuclear business a negative|
|5||Berkshire Hathaway||BRK.A||35.287||+91||Buffett holders don’t like LZ deal|
|6||Toyota Motor Corporation||TM||27.008||-4||Earthquake supply threats|
|7||Johnson & Johnson||JNJ||26.753||-2||FDA clamps down on production|
|8||Bank of America Corp.||BOA||26.463||+1||Mortgage mess worsens|
|9||Chevron||CVX||26.404||-5||Latin American lawsuit|
|10||Rite Aid||RAD||25.57||+30||Trouble with Supreme Court ruling|
Data and ranking provided by the Flame Index.