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Why Bendigo and Adelaide Bank, Genworth Mortgage Insurance, Opthea, & Orocobre dropped lower

The S&P/ASX 200 index is on course to record a decline on Tuesday. In afternoon trade the benchmark index is down 0.2% to 6,575.5 points.

Four shares that have fallen more than most today are listed below. Here’s why they are down in the dumps:

The Bendigo and Adelaide Bank Ltd (ASX: BEN) share price has fallen 3.5% to $10.73 after brokers responded negatively to the regional bank’s full year results release. According to a note out of Citi, its analysts have retained their sell rating and $9.50 price target on the bank’s shares. It believes the bank benefited from timing during FY 2019, but suspects it will not be so lucky in FY 2020.

The Genworth Mortgage Insurance Australia (ASX: GMA) share price has crashed 11% lower to $2.92. This decline is almost entirely attributable to the mortgage insurance company’s shares trading ex-dividend for its interim and special dividends this morning. At the end of last month the company announced its half year results and a fully franked interim ordinary dividend of 9 cents per share and an unfranked special dividend of 21.9 cents per share. These will be paid to eligible shareholders on August 28.

The Opthea Ltd (ASX: OPT) share price is down 2% to $2.73. The shares of the biologics drug developer focusing on ophthalmic disease therapies have come under pressure this week from profit-taking after more than doubling in value last week following a positive study update.

The Orocobre Limited (ASX: ORE) share price has tumbled 6.5% lower to $2.63. As with Opthea, this lithium miner’s shares stormed higher late last week and appear to have been hit by profit taking this week. So much so, it has almost given back all of last week’s gains now. Orocobre and the rest of the lithium miners raced higher after industry giant Albemarle upgraded its full year profit guidance and spoke positively about lithium prices.

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