Monday, December 31, 2007

It's official: GCI is No. 2 worst news stock of '07

In a damning Wall Street referendum, Gannett shares just closed at $39, down 35% from a year ago, Google Finance says on this, the last trading day of 2007. The nation's top newspaper publisher now holds the dubious distinction of having the year's second-worst performing stock among major publishers I track. (McClatchy was the worst.)

The terrible year-end showing wasn't a surprise. But here's the bottom line: Wall Street's growing disenchantment cost stockholders billions in equity. GCI's falling share price was likely at least one factor in CEO Craig Dubow's decision to ratchet up job cuts in the year's second half, when much of the loss in stock value occurred (see chart, above). And given current trends -- i.e., no shift in Dubow's thinking about breaking up Gannett -- it's hard to see GCI shares going anywhere but further down. That points to yet more job cuts in 2008 -- something Dubow (above) already promised Wall Street media stock analysts in this statement after the UBS media conference on Dec. 5.

The complete 2007 stock performance rankings:

Note: I'm not including two of the better-performers from earlier in the year -- Dow Jones & Co. and Tribune -- because those shares no longer trade after both companies were sold earlier this month.

Compare the performance of the news stocks above to:

[Chart: Google Finance; Dubow photo, Gannett]


  1. I am at a complete loss as to why, after the stock has taken such a dive in 2007, Dubow still has his job while hundreds around the company lost theirs. Just so sad...

  2. Indeed. Even more repugnant are the stock awards Dubow, the board and senior executives received on Dec. 11 for their commendable - or was it superior or exceptional? - performance this year:


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