2-Star Stocks Poised to Plunge: Synta Pharmaceuticals?


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

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

Synta facts

Headquarters (Founded)

Lexington, Mass. (2000)

Market Cap

$440.3 million



Trailing-12-Month Revenue

$5.2 million


Co-Founder/CEO Dr. Safi Bahcall
CFO Keith Ehrlich

Trailing-12-Month Return on Capital



$44.7 million / $16.3 million


Infinity Pharmaceuticals
Kyowa Hakko Kirin

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

On CAPS, 16% of the 168 members who have rated Synta believe the stock will underperform the S&P 500 going forward.

Just last week, one of those Fools, All-Star zzlangerhans, touched on Synta's seemingly unsustainable valuation:

Hsp90 inhibitor Ganetespib is certainly in a lot of mid-stage trials but thus far in 2012 we haven't seen the kind of exciting interim data that management led us to expect. There's certainly a lot more info to come, but with Synta's poor developmental track record so far I see a market cap of [$450M] as excessively optimistic.

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