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 time, subprime loan insurers were about as unwelcome and out of place as Dick Cheney at the annual Daily Kos convention. And they're still awful, down 32.4% since mid-October.

Interestingly, that was only good for second. (More O'Reilly than Cheney, perhaps?)

So who's first? You know the answer: subprime lenders, the dog food eaters whose cud others swallowed. They've since paid the price. Shares of not-so-lovable losers like NovaStar Financial (NYSE: NFI  ) are off an average of 37.7% over the past 30 days.

Third place is where you'll find the new blood. Literally. Makers of medical lasers, such as former Stock Advisor pick LCA-Vision (Nasdaq: LCAV  ) , are down an average of 31.3% over the last month.

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

No. of CAPS Ratings

Bear Ratio

30-Day Price Change

MGIC Investment

*

247

66.8%

(29.2%)

PMI Group

(NYSE:PMI)

*

267

60.3%

(57.1%)

Impac Mortgage

(NYSE:IMH)

*

336

57.4%

(43.3%)

Sources: Motley Fool CAPS, Yahoo! Finance.

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

Company

CAPS Stars

No. of
CAPS Ratings

Bull Ratio

30-Day
Price Change

Syneron Medical
(NASDAQ:ELOS)

*****

684

97.4%

(28.3%)

Palomar Medical Tech.
(NASDAQ:PMTI)

****

437

96.6%

(31.7%)

Sources: Motley Fool CAPS, Yahoo! Finance.

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