2-Star Stocks Poised to Plunge: Neurocrine Biosciences?

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Based on the aggregated intelligence of 180,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, biotechnology company Neurocrine Biosciences (NAS: NBIX) has received a distressing two-star ranking.

With that in mind, let's take a closer look at Neurocrine's business and see what CAPS investors are saying about the stock right now.

Neurocrinefacts

Headquarters (founded)San Diego, Calif. (1992)
Market Cap$535.9 million
IndustryBiotechnology
Trailing-12-Month Revenue$77.4 million
ManagementCEO Kevin Gorman
CFO Timothy Coughlin
Return on Equity (average, past 3 years)(74.8%)
Cash/Debt$129.1 million / $0
CompetitorsAbbott Labs
Eli Lilly
Pfizer

Sources: S&P Capital IQ and Motley Fool CAPS.

On CAPS, 14% of the 366 members who have rated Neurocrine believe the stock will underperform the S&P 500 going forward.

Just last week, one of those bears, All-Star joryko, summed up the bear case for our community:

Good potential, especially with Elagolix, but I'm still short on [Neurocrine] just like I was over a year ago. There is simply too much uncertainty over being able to turn a profit in the next few years. Estimates range from 20 cents EPS in 2012 to losing 10 cents. 2013's outlook is fairly similar and it isn't until 2014 that it may be possible for them to turn a strong profit. However, there is much work to do before then and I will be short on this one until they prove they can turn a profit on a consistent basis. I've taken a flat out beating on this one so far, but I still can't justify it being worth this much until there is more concrete data.

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