Hanger Orthopedic Group Shares Plunged: What You Need to Know


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What: Hang on -- shares of Hanger Orthopedic Group (NYS: HGR) fell as much as 10.7% overnight before making a modest recovery, with a huge volume spike at the bottom of the bounce.

So what: The orthopedic device wrangler and operator of orthotic and prosthetic care centers across America matched or beat revenue and earnings estimates in last night's first-quarter report and reaffirmed its existing full-year guidance. None of this was surprising in the least, but then investor expectations on this type of high-octane growth stocks often get a bit ahead of themselves.

Now what: Overheated expectations often set the stage for heartbreak, and that's what we have here: That volume spike sticking out like a sore thumb looks a lot like one large investor dumping a large batch of shares in disgust. Sporting five CAPS stars out of five, Hanger is one of the highest-rated stocks in the red-hot health-care provider field, beating such stalwarts as Quest Diagnostics (NYS: DGX) and WellPoint (NYS: WLP) . A drop like this on a high-quality stock can be a signal to buy shares at a discount.

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