Stocks are among the riskiest of assets. They can be incredibly rewarding and can also lead to stunning losses. This is why the selection of stocks to invest in is the number one key aspect to successful investing.
However every stock will inevitably run into trouble and see declines at various times in its history. There are hundreds of factors that can cause a stock to fall including changed in management, change in packaging, change in consumer or corporate demand, currency swings, dividend changes and cuts as well as failed products, to mention just a few.
The Reasons For Bristol-Myers Squibb Stock Collapse
It was a failed product trial that collapsed Bristol-Myers Squibb Stock on August 4. The failed trial of their drug Opdivo, which many had hoped would replace or improve present chemotherapy techniques, let to a sharp decline in the stock. Downgrades of the stock followed and the stock which originally collapsed to $63.28 on August 5, on Tuesday Aug 30 reached $57.24. On Friday Sep 9 it fell to $55.66 near the 52 week low of $55.11.
Bristol-Myers Squibb Stock (BMY) – Anatomy Of A Collapse
The collapse of BMY Stock happened overnight on August 4 to 5 on the news of their failed trial of the cancer treatment drug Opdivo. The initial drop took the stock from a close on August 4 of $75.32 to a close of $63.28 on August 5. This was an initial drop of $12.04 or 16%. There was no way for investors to escape the initial collapse of Bristol-Myers Squibb Stock on August 5.
At the outset of the drop investors bought into the drop as can be seen in the Accumulation-Distribution Indicator which shows buyers stepped into the drop and kept buying.
However as the drop deepened and broke through the $60 support level, the buyers left and sellers have taken charge. The Accumulation-Distribution Indicator shows that sellers are pummeling the stock further. On Friday Sept 9 it closed at $55.66 for a loss of $19.66 and a drop of 26% since August 4. The stock is in bear country now and at risk of falling further unless it can hold the $55 level which is light support only.
Caught In The BMY Stock Downturn – Turn To The Leaps
Sometimes when a stock collapses, such as BMY Stock has done, investors both stock owners and those who shorted put options are caught deep in the money with losses. They struggle with how to handle the loss of value in their trade and often many will take losses to get out of a stock collapse.
If the loss is small, getting out is almost always the best choice to make. However when a stock collapses quickly, there is rarely enough time to sell to get out with just a small loss.
In the case of Bristol-Myers Squibb Stock the initial collapse was quick and painful. There was no real chance to get out without incurring large losses. When that happens I know that often the most flexible rescue and repair strategies can be done through using the Leap Options that are available with most large cap stocks.
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