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Table: These Stocks May Endanger Your Financial Health


Cover Story: Where To Invest '96: The Investment Spectrum: Investments To Avoid

TABLE: These Stocks May Endanger Your Financial Health

PRICE* 52-WEEK P-E

HIGH RATIO

AMC ENTERTAINMENT

Feverish buying has driven shares of this 23 /4 28 1/4 12

theater operator up 126% for the year to date,

but earnings are unlikely to hold up.

AMERICA ONLINE

The nation's premier online service is facing 40 1/8 46 1/4 NEG.

ferocious competition from many sources.

INFINITY BROADCASTING

This high-flying radio broadcaster, 32 1/8 37 5/8 44

the home of "shock jock" Howard Stern,

is $550 million in debt.

McAFEE ASSOCIATES

It's the Jonas Salk of antiviral software. But 47 1/4 52 7/8 91

have its innovations been overcompensated

by the stock market? Critics say yes.

NETCOM

A pioneer in Internet-only online services, 52 1/2 91 1/2 NEG.

NETCOM is a soaring recent IPO that, some

analysts hold, is about to bump into the ceiling.

NETSCAPE

The premier IPO of recent years makes 136 1/2 174 NEG.

Web-browser software. But its valuation

is so steep that it goes through spasms when the Net market sneezes.

NORTH AMERICAN VACCINE

This company faces serious competition 13 1/2 14 NEG.

in a tough, low-margin business.

ORGANOGENESIS

A favorite of short-sellers, this biotech 20 22 1/2 NEG.

company is a leader in genetic engineering.

But shorts deride its product.

PRESSTEK

This developer of color-printer technology 89 97 3/4 742

is the bane of short-sellers, who have

been squeezed by ever-higher share prices.

STARBUCKS

A loaf of bread, a jug of coffee, and thou? 22 3/8 23 1/2 60

Yuppies love its brews, and so does the

stock market. Maybe too much.

*As of Dec. 12, 1995

DATA: BUSINESS WEEK


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