OfficeMax Shares Plunged: What You Need to Know


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: OfficeMax (NYS: OMX) dropped 14% in intraday trading today after a high-profile broker/dealer downgraded the stock.

So what: Goldman Sachs cut its rating on the stock this morning to neutral from buy. That exacerbated a broad market sell-off that took the S&P Retail Index down more than 4% intraday.

Now what:Last week the stock popped as much as 22% in intraday trading after reporting much better-than-expected earnings. Looking at the bigger picture, the company has been grappling with weakened demand and increased competition from Staples (NAS: SPLS) and Office Depot (NYS: ODP) , among others. Though the analyst consensus calls for EPS growth of 27% over the coming year, also it calls for an annualized EPS decline of 28% over the next three to five years.

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