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The 24/7 Wall St./Flame Index: March 15 Toyota Earthquake

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.