Central European Distribution Shares Dropped: What You Need to Know


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What: Shares of vodka producer and distributor Central European Distribution (NAS: CEDC) are down 10% today after a great week last week.

So what: Shares surged early last week on word that private investor Mark Kaufman, the former CEO of spirits company Whitehall Group, had taken a major stake in the company. But investor excitement about a buyout has fallen off, and the turmoil in European markets didn't help today.

Now what: The bottom line is that momentum from last week's run-up is gone. Without a buyout offer, shares were only up on speculation and fear is back in the market today. Shares were hovering around $5.50 before the bounce, so there's definitely downside risk for shares from here. I am not buying into the buyout speculation and with earnings expectations continuing to fall, I just can't get excited about the company's valuation either.

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