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  • zoo99999999999999 zoo99999999999999 Aug 17, 2010 9:17 AM Flag

    Experts agree FST is a Short..

    Time to Short SandRidge Energy?
    By Jeremy Phillips | More Articles
    August 16, 2010 | Comments (0)
    ShareThisAt Fool.com, we believe in buying great companies for the long term. However, not every company commands a fair price, and many trade for far more than they're actually worth.

    Company
    Forward P/E
    5-Year Growth Estimate %
    5-Year PEG Ratio
    Forest Oil (NYSE: FST)
    12.87
    6.25
    2.06


    Source: Capital IQ, a division of Standard & Poor's.

    With a PEG ratio greater than 1.5, short interest is likely targeting SandRidge Energy on account of its significant P/E premium relative to its growth potential.

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