Accretive Health's Shares Got Crushed: 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: Shares of health-care revenue management expert Accretive Health (NYS: AH) don't look all that healthy today after falling as much as 13.5% on more than triple their average trading volume.

So what: The third-quarter report missed Street targets by slim margins on both the top and bottom lines, and management also slashed the fourth-quarter outlook.

Now what: Accretive is a tremendously volatile stock that has gained 161% in fits and starts over the last 52 weeks -- yes, even after today's terrible drop. Rivals athenahealth (NAS: ATHN) and HMS (NAS: HMSY) have also crushed the market as hospitals search high and low for more efficient IT tools amid severe budget crunches, while MedAssets (NAS: MDAS) hasn't been so lucky. Will Accretive ever grow into its outsized P/E ratio? Only time will tell, but our watchlist feature can make sure you don't miss a beat as the long-term story develops.

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