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Guru Stocks at 52-Week Low: Mizuho Financial Group, Cephalon Inc, Emdeon Inc, American Public Education, Whitney Holding Corp

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Last week’s top five stocks that ended close to their 52-week lows were Mizuho Financial Group Inc, Cephalon Inc, Emdeon Inc, American Public Education, and Whitney Holding Corp. According to GuruFocus updates, these Guru stocks have reached their 52-week lows.

Last week’s top two out of favor industries were the Banking and Automobile industries. 47 banks have reached their 52-week lows, while 12 have reached their 52-week highs, giving the industry a low/high ratio of 3.92. In the Automobile industry, 1 stock has reached its 52-week low, while 1 has reached its 52-week high, giving the industry a low/high ratio of 1.

Mizuho Financial Group Inc. (MFG) Reached the 52-Week Low of $3.45[/size] The prices of Mizuho Financial Group Inc. (MFG) shares have declined to close to the 52-week low of $3.45, which is 47.7% off the 52-week high of $6.37. Mizuho Financial Group Inc. is owned by 1 Guru we are tracking.

THE MIZUHO FINANCIAL GROUP is a bank holding company which operates and manages its banks, long-term credit banks, specialized securities companies and other companies which the Company may own by law as its subsidiaries, and engages in business appertaining to the management and operation of such companies. Mizuho Financial Group Inc. has a market cap of $19.66 billion; its shares were traded at around $3.45 with and P/S ratio of 0.6. The dividend yield of Mizuho Financial Group Inc. stocks is 5.4%.

Mizuho Financial Group Inc. recently reported its second quarter 2009 results. The company announced that its Consolidated Net Income for the first half of fiscal 2009

amounted to JPY 87.8 billion, a year-on-year decrease of JPY 6.7 billion.

Charles Brandes owns 34,645,025 shares as of 09/30/2009, which accounts for 0.64% of the $21.32 billion portfolio of Brandes Investment.

Cephalon Inc. (CEPH) Reached the 52-Week Low of $55.23

The prices of Cephalon Inc. (CEPH) shares have declined to close to the 52-week low of $55.23, which is 33.6% off the 52-week high of $80.26. Cephalon Inc. is owned by 1 Guru we are tracking.

Cephalon is an international biopharmaceutical company focused on the discovery, development and marketing of products to treat sleep disorders, neurological disorders, cancer and pain. In addition to an active research and development program, they market products in the United States and various countries in Europe. Cephalon Inc. has a market cap of $4.12 billion; its shares were traded at around $55.23 with a P/E ratio of 9.6 and P/S ratio of 2.1. Cephalon Inc. had an annual average earning growth of 10.1% over the past 5 years.

Cephalon Inc. recently reported its third quarter 2009 results. The company announced that its sales were $535.2 million, compared with $489.7 million a year ago, or up 9%. Income per share was $1.38. "The exceptional launch of NUVIGIL was the highlight of the quarter," said Frank Baldino, Jr., Ph.D., Chairman and CEO. "In addition, we have assembled the deepest and most diverse pipeline in our history with a variety of small molecules and biologics being studied for pain, oncology, and inflammatory diseases. We look forward to developing this diverse pipeline with the goal of creating important new medicines for patients."

Edward Owens owns 2,752,000 shares as of 09/30/2009, an increase of 37.46% from the previous quarter. This position accounts for 0.88% of the $18.2 billion portfolio of Vanguard Health Care Fund.

Sell:: Exec. VP, Chief Compliance Off Valli F. Baldassano sold 650 shares of CEPH stock on 09/21/2009 at the average price of 59.75, the price of the stock has decreased by 7.56% since

Emdeon Inc. (EM) Reached the 52-Week Low of $15.03

The prices of Emdeon Inc. (EM) shares have declined to close to the 52-week low of $15.03, which is 17.9% off the 52-week high of $18. Emdeon Inc. is owned by 2 Gurus we are tracking. Among them, 2 have added to their positions during the past quarter. 0 reduced their positions. Emdeon Inc. has a market cap of $1.33 billion; its shares were traded at around $15.03 .

Emdeon Inc. recently reported its third quarter results. The company announced third quarter revenues of $235.5 million, compared with $212.8 million a year ago, or up 10.6%. GAAP operating income was $18 million, compared with $23.1 million.

George Soros bought 5,696,712 shares in the quarter that ended on 09/30/2009, which is 2.09% of the $4.41 billion portfolio of Soros Fund Management LLC. Ron Baron bought 754,000 shares in the quarter that ended on 09/30/2009, which is 0.09% of the $13.75 billion portfolio of Baron Funds.

Sell:: See remarks Llc Gapstar sold 249,767 shares of EM stock on 08/17/2009 at the average price of 15.5, the price of the stock has decreased by 3.03% since. Many other insiders have also decreased their positions in the company.

American Public Education, Inc. (APEI) Reached the 52-Week Low of $31.57

The prices of AMERICAN PUBLIC EDUCATION, INC. (APEI) shares have declined to close to the 52-week low of $31.57, which is 32.0% off the 52-week high of $46.4. AMERICAN PUBLIC EDUCATION, INC. is owned by 1 Guru we are tracking. American Public Education, Inc. is an online provider of higher education focused primarily on serving the military and public service communities. American Public Education, Inc. has a market cap of $574.2 million; its shares were traded at around $31.57 with a P/E ratio of 28.6 and P/S ratio of 8.3.

APEI recently reported its third quarter results. The company announced that its total revenues for the third quarter of 2009 increased 33% to $36.5 million, compared to total revenues of $27.4 million in the third quarter of 2008. Income from operations before interest income and income tax in the third quarter of 2009 increased 35% to $8.4 million, compared to $6.2 million in the same period of 2008. Operating margin in the third quarter of 2009 increased to 23.0%, compared to 22.6% in the third quarter of 2008. Stock-based compensation expense reduced operating income by $562,000 in the third quarter of 2009 and $396,000 in the third quarter of 2008.

Ron Baron owns 600,000 shares as of 09/30/2009, which accounts for 0.15% of the $13.75 billion portfolio of Baron Funds.

Sell:: President and CEO Wallace E. Jr. Boston sold 5,000 shares of APEI stock on 10/15/2009 at the average price of 36.24, the price of the stock has decreased by 12.89% since. Many other insiders have also decreased their positions in the company.

Whitney Holding Corp. (WTNY) Reached the 52-Week Low of $7.83

The prices of Whitney Holding Corp. (WTNY) shares have declined to close to the 52-week low of $7.83, which is 55.3% off the 52-week high of $17.53. Whitney Holding Corp. is owned by 1 Guru we are tracking.

WHITNEY HOLDING CORP. is a Louisiana bank holding company registered pursuant to the Bank Holding Company Act of 1956. The Company has a market cap of $530.1 million; its shares were traded at around $7.83 with and P/S ratio of 0.8. The dividend yield of Whitney Holding Corp. stocks is 0.5%. Whitney Holding Corp. had an annual average earning growth of 5.7% over the past 10 years.

Whitney recently reported its third quarter 2009 results. The company announced that it recorded a net loss of $30.0 million for the third quarter of 2009 compared to a net loss of $21.3 million for the second quarter of 2009.“Whitney is a strong franchise that continues to report a stable core deposit base and a top ranked net interest margin,” said John C. Hope, III, Chairman and CEO. “Our loan portfolio outside of Florida is performing in line with our expectations despite increasing levels of stress from the overall economic environment and we are managing all problem areas aggressively. While addressing credit issues is currently our top priority, we remain committed to our Strategic Plan with the goal of creating long-term value for our shareholders.”

Private Capital owns 894,356 shares as of 09/30/2009, which accounts for 0.54% of the $1.57 billion portfolio of Private Capital Management.

Buy:: Chairman of the Board and CEO John C Iii Hope bought 10,000 shares of WTNY stock on 11/04/2009 at the average price of 7.94, the price of the stock has decreased by 1.39% since. Many other insiders have also increased their positions in the company.

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