Theravance Shares Tanked: What You Need to Know

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Although we don't believe in timing the market or panicking over market movements, we do like to keep an eye on big changes -- just in case they're material to our investing thesis.

What: Shares of biotech Theravance (NAS: THRX) have tanked today by as much as 10% after a negative analyst rating came early this morning.

So what:Morgan Stanley has started coverage of Theravance shares with an underweight rating, complete with a $12 price target in tow. That figure would represent a loss of 38% relative to yesterday's closing price of $19.37.

Now what: This is just one analyst's rating, and Theravance is set to report its fourth-quarter and full-year 2011 results on Feb. 9, which should shed some more light on its fundamentals. That $12 estimate is notably even lower than when shares got crushed earlier this month over safety concerns related to its Relovair experimental lung drug. With that plunge still fresh in shareholders' collective memory, a bit of bearishness goes a long way down.

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