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Cold Stocks You're Selling Now

Welcome back to another Foolish review of the coldest stocks as ranked by Motley Fool CAPS investors. We're looking at the three worst-performing industries over the past 30 days and your favorite short and long candidates in each.

Last week, coal mining led the laggards, just as they did the week prior. But not anymore. Ethanol production, which was second on this list two weeks ago, returns as the new Fool at the bottom of the hill. Stocks in this sector are down 12.4% over the last 30 days.

Who are the others? Have a look:

  • Petroleum, which includes many of the world's largest gasoline producers. Stocks in this sector have declined 10.7% over the last 30 days.
  • Exploration, which includes energy explorers of all sizes. Stocks in this sector have declined by 10.6% over the last 30 days.

According to you, our Foolish readers, the worst stocks in these industries to own now -- i.e., those rated 1 or 2 in CAPS -- are:


CAPS Stars (5 Max)

No. of CAPS Ratings

Bearish CAPS Ratings

Bear Ratio

Verasun Energy





Aventine Energy





Transmeridian (AMEX: TMY  )





Pacific Ethanol





Pogo Producing (NYSE: PPP  )





GeoGlobal Resources (AMEX: GGR  )





Source: Motley Fool CAPS

And your favorite long candidates -- i.e., those with 4 or 5 stars in CAPS -- are:


CAPS Stars

No. of CAPS Ratings

Bullish CAPS Ratings

Bull Ratio

Atwood Oceanics (NYSE: ATW  )





EV Energy (Nasdaq: EVEP  )





Whiting Petroleum (NYSE: WLL  )





W&T Offshore (NYSE: WTI  )





Source: Motley Fool CAPS

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Fool contributor Tim Beyers, ranked 1,692 out of more than 20,000 in CAPS, didn't own shares in any of the companies mentioned in this story at the time of publication. Get the skinny on all the stocks he owns by checking Tim's Fool profile. The Motley Fool's disclosure policy freezes out Wall Street's worst.

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