The World's Scariest Stocks

Looking for a last-minute costume idea? We've got one scarier than Katie Couric dressing as a Jon & Kate Plus 8 kid. Even scarier than Jon reality-dating the Octomom.

Our hair-raising concept combines ugly shoes, ghostly balance sheets, and a fear of heights. That's right -- you, too, can impress your friends by dressing as 2009's World's Scariest Stocks. But before we announce this year's candidates, let's look back on last year's picks.

And 2008's Scariest Stock was ...
Last year, Starbucks (Nasdaq: SBUX  ) won our World's Scariest Stocks contest. However, as the market returned 17%, Starbucks and most of our other picks thumped Wall Street's performance. Only Citigroup was truly a frightener:

Company

Price on 10/28/08

Price on 10/29/09

Return

Citigroup (NYSE: C  )

$13.21

$4.31

(67%)

Dendreon (Nasdaq: DNDN  )

$4.45

$26.58

497%

First Solar (Nasdaq: FSLR  )

$114.09

$126.47

11%

Sears Holdings

$57.25

$70.66

23%

Sirius XM Radio (Nasdaq: SIRI  )

$0.36

$0.58

61%

Starbucks

$10.86

$19.52

80%

Talbots (NYSE: TLB  )

$8.10

$9.54

18%

Yahoo! (Nasdaq: YHOO  )

$12.36

$16.13

31%

Source: Yahoo! Finance, using adjusted close prices for the given dates.

We're hoping to get back to the clinic we put on in 2007 with this year's scariest stock picks (a couple of which are double downs from last year). Click on the links for each bloodcurdling stock below to read our write-ups, then vote whether each stock is "scary" or "scary awesome." Your top five scariest stocks will make our final round. Stay tuned. Stay Ghoolish.  

The World's Scariest Stocks:

And lest we forget: Happy Halloween from The Motley Fool!

Anand Chokkavelu owns shares of Pfizer, Citigroup, and Sirius XM Radio. He's holding out for the Nonamom. Baidu and First Solar are Motley Fool Rule Breakers recommendations. Sears Holdings is a Motley Fool Inside Value selection. The Fool's disclosure policy wants to apologize for Mother; she's … not herself today.


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  • Report this Comment On October 30, 2009, at 5:19 PM, SIRIDoom wrote:

    Keep telling the truth about SIRI!!!!!! MF Rocks!!!!!!

    The only people making money on SIRI are the paid bashing advertisers. Mel pays an army....

    SIRI is about to do a rev-split 10 - 50 for 1 share.

  • Report this Comment On October 30, 2009, at 5:39 PM, RAF22 wrote:

    This is about the only site that will accept the juvenile rantings of SIRI-Doom - misrepresentations based upon totally out of date and inaccurate factual data.

    For accurate information regarding Sirius XM Radio (SIRI) go to Satwaves.com and Seeking Alpha - evaluate the content, and make up your own mind.

  • Report this Comment On October 30, 2009, at 6:12 PM, mikecart1 wrote:

    SIRI is going down like VCR went down to DVD. SIRI will follow AIG's footsteps as a stock and will follow every other company that goes bankrupt eventually.

    :o)

  • Report this Comment On November 05, 2009, at 7:55 PM, greenwave3 wrote:

    SIRI stock is complete garbage. Even if there is some value left over at the end of the day, it belongs to bondholders and not to common shareholders.

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