Why these 4 ASX shares have sunk like stones today

It has been a positive day for the S&P/ASX 200 (Index: ^AXJO) (ASX: XJO) thanks largely to strong gains in the energy sector. In afternoon trade the benchmark index is up 0.7% to 5,759 points.

Unfortunately not all shares have been able to climb higher today. In fact, four shares in particular have sunk like stones. Here’s why:

The Catapult Group International Ltd (ASX: CAT) share price has tumbled 6% to $1.90 after the sports analytics company released a trading update. Although the company achieved its FY 2017 revenue guidance with unaudited revenue of $61.8 million, the result is at the lower end of its guidance range.

The Freelancer Ltd (ASX: FLN) share price has plunged almost 24% to 50 cents following the release of its half-year result after the market closed yesterday. According to the release, revenue increased just a paltry 0.4% to $26.3 million. On the bottom line the company posted a loss of $711,000, a slight improvement on the prior corresponding period. The lack of top line growth is a big surprise and a big worry in my opinion.

The iSentia Group Ltd (ASX: ISD) share price has dropped 19% to $1.79 after the media monitoring company downgraded its full-year earnings guidance once again. Due to competitive pressures iSentia expects to post full-year underlying EBITDA of $41.5 million on revenue of $155.1 million, down from its previous guidance of EBITDA of $44 million on revenues of $162 million.

The Navitas Limited (ASX: NVT) share price has fallen almost 11% to $4.44 after the education provider released its full-year result. Navitas posted a 10.8% decline in profit after tax from ordinary activities due largely to the closure of two of its University Partnership colleges. Considering this subdued performance and its weak outlook, I think investors should stay clear of its shares for the time being.

As well as avoiding Navitas, I would suggest investors give these stocks a wide berth as well.

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Motley Fool contributor James Mickleboro has no position in any stocks mentioned. 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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