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Why these 4 ASX shares have sunk lower today

In afternoon trade the S&P/ASX 200 (Index: ^AXJO) (ASX: XJO) is lower by 0.3% to 5,763 points.

Four shares which have fallen more than most today are listed below. Here’s why they have sunk lower:

The Collins Foods Ltd (ASX: CKF) share price has tumbled 4% to $5.72. I suspect a portion of today’s decline is related to its shares going ex-dividend this week. The remainder could be a result of profit taking after a significant rally in the last couple of weeks. I think the KFC operator remains a great buy and hold option at the current share price.

The Creso Pharma Ltd (ASX: CPH) share price is down 5% to 54 cents despite there being no news out of the medicinal cannabis company. But with its shares up 35% since the start of June, I think today’s decline is also likely to be a case of profit taking.

The Pepper Group Ltd (ASX: PEP) share price has fallen 7% to $3.48 after the company confirmed the receipt of an indicative, non-binding proposal from KKR Credit Advisors. According to the release, KKR is interested in acquiring the company for $3.60 per share. The financial services company has granted exclusivity to KKR to enable it to undertake due diligence.

The Sonic Healthcare Limited (ASX: SHL) share price is down 4% to $23.33 today. Despite today’s decline, the healthcare company’s shares are still up 9% year-to-date. Though one broker appears to believe its shares could be about to fall further. A recent research note out of Ord Minnett reveals that its analysts have downgraded Sonic to a lighten rating with a $21.00 price target.

Whilst it might be best to avoid Sonic Healthcare for now, here are three shares that I think could be in the buy zone.

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Motley Fool contributor James Mickleboro owns shares of Collins Foods Limited. The Motley Fool Australia has no position in any of the stocks mentioned. We Fools may not all hold the same opinions, but we all believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. The Motley Fool has a disclosure policy. This article contains general investment advice only (under AFSL 400691). Authorised by Bruce Jackson.

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