Another week of 2014 is in the books, and for these three companies trading at 52-week lows, it was a week to forget.
The fallout from the announced delays to the C-Series aircraft continues to raise concern among investors, who have lost some faith in the company. This fallout came to an impasse on February 13 when the stock hit a new 52-week low of $3.44. Adding to the woes is a cut by management to their 2014 EBIT margin target in both the rail and aviation segments. While net income had increased from $470 million in 2012 to $572 million this year, the concern of further costs attached to the C-Series continues to erode the stock’s value.
Dundee Corp. (TSX:DC.A)
The independent Canadian asset management company took the plunge on February 13 when it hit a new 52-week low of $17.49. The company is divided into five segments: real estate development, oil and gas mining, beef production, asset management and investment banking. With hands in so many pockets the risk of one industry dragging down the books is a concern, and recently Dundee raised its stake of Goodman Gold Trust to 25%. This new low is a far cry from its 52-week high of $37.88 and has erased all gains made since December 2012.
Fortress Paper (TSX:FTP)
A producer of specialty pulp, specialty papers, bank note, and security papers faced a new low this week when it fell to $3.35 on February 13, the same day it announced its Q4 release date. Fortress is facing the reality of a new 13% security deposit being imposed by the Chinese government on dissolving paper products. This levy stems from the release of a “anti-dumping investigation against dissolving pulp imports”. This led to a 10-week temporary shut down of its Thurso, Québec plant, which is set to reopen at the end of the month.
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