Cold Stocks You're Selling Now

Welcome back to another Foolish review of the coldest stocks, as ranked by Motley Fool CAPS. 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, the week prior, and the week before that, subprime lenders were falling like Alice down the rabbit hole. Sadly, this group still leads the laggards, down 36.9% over the last 30 days.

But they're not alone. Mortgage bankers such as Doral Financial (NYSE: DRL  ) are still second-worst, down 15.1% as a group. Homebuilders, meanwhile, remain third-worst, off 13.8% as a group.

Oh, and did I mention that studies show that the Pope is Catholic? Sheesh. The market's worst sectors haven't been this predictable since -- well, ever.

Nevertheless, according to you, our Foolish readers, the worst stocks in these industries to own now -- i.e., those rated one or two out of a maximum five stars in CAPS -- are:

Company

CAPS stars (5 max)

No. of CAPS ratings

Bearish CAPS ratings

Bear ratio

Opteum

*

31

22

70.9%

Brookfield Homes

*

51

34

66.7%

Beazer Homes

*

94

55

58.5%

Countrywide Financial
(NYSE: CFC  )

*

340

198

58.2%

Centex Corp.

*

166

93

56%

WCI Communities

*

125

70

56%

New Century Financial

*

466

249

53.4%

Freddie Mac (NYSE: FRE  )

*

67

35

52.2%

Accredited Home Lenders
(Nasdaq: LEND  )

*

378

186

49.2%

NVR
(AMEX: NVR  )

*

123

60

48.8%

Toll Brothers
(NYSE: TOL  )

*

443

215

48.5%

Source: Motley Fool CAPS

And your favorite long candidates -- i.e., those rated four or five stars in CAPS -- are:

Company

CAPS stars

No. of CAPS ratings

Bullish CAPS ratings

Bull ratio

Walter Industries
(NYSE: WLT  )

****

788

766

97.2%

Source: Motley Fool CAPS

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Cap off your day with related CAPS Foolishness:

Walter Industries is a Motley Fool Hidden Gems pick, and Doral Financial is an Inside Value selection.

Fool contributor Tim Beyers, who is ranked 1,398 out of more than 24,800 in CAPS, is a sucker for growth stocks and a regular contributor to David Gardner's Motley Fool Rule Breakers service. Tim didn't own shares of any of the companies mentioned in this story at the time of publication. All of his portfolio holdings can be found at Tim's Fool profile. His thoughts on growth stocks, Foolishness, and investing in general may be found in his blog. The Motley Fool's disclosure policy freezes out Wall Street's worst.


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