3 ASX stocks that were crushed on Friday


The S&P / ASX 200 Index (Index: ^AXJO) (ASX: XJO) fell 1.1% to close at 4,064 on Friday, as pessimism abounds. Europe’s economic woes, China’s slowing growth and a slow US recovery continue to dog markets globally. Locally, some companies have issues all of their own.

These three ASX stocks were crushed by 7.5% or more:

Energy World Corporation Ltd (ASX: EWC) was slammed 12.3% to close at 32 cents. The company has received three queries from the ASX in the last three months regarding the falling share price. While the company has no explanation for the most recent fall, I suspect that investors have had enough of the company’s falling share price and lack of financial performance, and are jumping ship.

Qantas Limited (ASX: QAN) fell 8.5% to close at 97 cents, continuing the share price falls that have seen its share price halve from a 52 week high of $2.03, set in July 2011. The company issued a profit downgrade last week, blaming the European economic crisis, rising fuel bills and increased competition in the domestic sector. Qantas International is expected to report earnings before interest and tax (EBIT) loss of over $450m, compared to $216m in 2011.

Dart Energy Ltd (ASX: DTE) closed down 7.5% at 18.5 cents, continuing its perennial yo-yo swings. Just the day before, the stock had risen 8.1% on news that it had received government approval to drill pilot coal seam gas wells in NSW. According to a report in today’s Australian Financial Review , Dart is currently trading at less than the cash on its balance sheet, which suggests investors expect the company to burn through some or all of its cash, as it continues drilling for coal seam gas.

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