Up and Down: WGL, Hughes, United Therapeutics

The Post-Bloomberg index fell 10.7 percent last week, while the S&P 500 dropped 8.4 percent.

*Shares of WGL Holdings (WGL) of the District rose 12 percent last week and are up 10 percent in the past three months. Its earnings forecast, released Nov. 14 with its third-quarter report, was in line with analysts' expectations.

*Hughes Communications shares rose 8 percent last week, closing Friday at $13.54 - one day after hitting a 52-week low of $10. They were trading over $55 a share a year ago and went as high as $60.52, reaching that point Dec. 27. Shares of the Germantown telecom are down 75 percent in the past year, though that's not enough to make the list of top 10 losers in the past 52 weeks.

*Shares of TeleCommunication Systems (TSYS) are on the list of top weekly gainers (up 4 percent) and top annual gainers (up 110 percent), closing Friday at $6.53.They're down from their 52-week high of $8.75, hit Sept. 2. A few switched places, but TeleCommunication Systems' companions on the list of top 52-week gainers are the same as last week: Emergent BioSolutions (EBS), Trex (TWP), Integral Systems (ISYS), Hanger Orthopedic (HGR), Dollar Tree (DLTR), Strayer Education (STRA), Opnet Technologies (OPNT), ManTech International (MANT) and NCI (NCIT).

*United Therapeutics said Monday that trials of an oral version of Remodulin failed, and shares fell more than 54 percent that day. They ended the week down 45 percent, at $49.88, hitting their 52-week low of $47.63 on Friday. On Wednesday, a Piper Jaffray analyst upgraded the Silver Spring company to neutral from sell and lowered his price target to $60 from $71.

*American Capital (ACAS) shares fell 30 percent last week, to $4.43, bumping them to the top of the list of 52-week losers. Shares have fallen 86 percent in that period. They hit their 52-week low of $3.87 on Friday.

*Shares of CapitalSource (CSE) hit a 52-week low of $2.75 in trading Thursday before rising 9 percent on Friday to close at $3.45. They were down 26 percent for the week and 77 percent in the past year.

By Terri Rupar  |  November 24, 2008; 12:00 PM ET  | Category:  Wall Street
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