Vote on the World's Scariest Stock

We cleared the cobwebs once again for our annual World's Scariest Stocks contest. Our Foolish writers made their cases for companies that could turn your portfolio into the living dead.

Our community has slashed away at the 11 frightful companies we selected, leaving only three left standing. Before we unveil these scary selections, let's take a look at the three companies you deemed least terrifying.

The other kind of "Booooo"
The stock receiving the most vocal support from the community was Sirius XM Radio (Nasdaq: SIRI  ) With more than 650 "non-scary" votes, Sirius's supporters were adamant. Whether or not you think Sirius will become a profitable, cash-generating company, it certainly has a devoted cult following.

Though Rick Munarriz still hearts Baidu (Nasdaq: BIDU  ) , he cited valuation as the bogeyman of China's leading search engine. Seven out of 10 voters weren't scared, though.

Fool Tim Beyers argued that Research In Motion (Nasdaq: RIMM  ) was a chilling candidate because the BlackBerry maker lacks an adequate defense against Apple's (Nasdaq: AAPL  ) iPhone. But a whopping 73% of you weren't buying that logic. Victory goes to the CrackBerry.

So which stocks are truly scary?
Based on your votes, here are our three scariest companies: Crocs (Nasdaq: CROX  ) , Goldman Sachs (NYSE: GS  ) , and Palm (Nasdaq: PALM  ) . Alyce Lomax argued that Crocs are not only a fizzled-out fad, but also the symbol of a company with an ugly balance sheet tiptoeing toward bankruptcy. The lack of change within the finance industry has Matt Koppenheffer taking Goldman Sachs to the butcher. And Palm's hype machine -- the Pre -- has about as much staying power as Balloon Boy, if Eric Bleeker's right.

Cast your vote for the world's scariest stock in the poll below, and make your case in the comments box. Then check back at Fool.com, where we'll reveal which stock frightened you the most.

Katrina Chan owns shares of Apple. Baidu is a Motley Fool Rule Breakers selection. Apple is a Motley Fool Stock Advisor pick. The Fool's disclosure policy is gorging on half-price Halloween candy. Mmm, expired Smarties …


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  • Report this Comment On November 04, 2009, at 4:26 PM, TMFThump wrote:

    I won't claim that Goldman Sachs will be the first of those three to sink, but a failure of Crocs or Palm will only register a collective yawn.

    The Crocs fad will wind up in the same place earth shoes did, and Palm will assume its rightful place alongside Commodore, Betamax, and a host of other technological phenomenon.

    Goldman Sachs is a real nightmare. When they turn Credit Crisis II into a movie, you can bet they'll be at the epicenter with Citibank to keep them company.

  • Report this Comment On November 04, 2009, at 4:40 PM, RAF22 wrote:

    The worlds scariest stock is definitely Sirius XM (SIRI) ..... IF YOU ARE STILL SHORT!

  • Report this Comment On November 04, 2009, at 4:58 PM, RAF22 wrote:

    Just heard an interesting promo on CNBC mentioning Mel Karmazin on tomorrow morning:

    Topic: Riding the Airwaves to Recovery

    Should be an interesting presentation!

  • Report this Comment On November 04, 2009, at 5:06 PM, stocknblondes wrote:

    The other kind of "Booooo"

    The stock receiving the most vocal support from the community was Sirius XM Radio (Nasdaq: SIRI) With more than 650 "non-scary" votes, Sirius's supporters were adamant. Whether or not you think Sirius will become a profitable, cash-generating company, it certainly has a devoted cult following.

    and it seems Motley Fools are the leaders of the Cult. By far the most written about stock on the market by these fools, and fool-ettes

  • Report this Comment On November 04, 2009, at 5:30 PM, plange01 wrote:

    lets not forget google a online phone book selling for over $500 a share! thats as scary as gold selling over $200!!!!

  • Report this Comment On November 04, 2009, at 9:12 PM, morons wrote:

    Idiots. Just another chance to throw in a shot at Sirius in order to cover those shorts. Good Luck losers!!!

  • Report this Comment On November 04, 2009, at 9:36 PM, morons wrote:

    I am so very glad that I never paid attention to the bashers (MF). I bought 300,000 shares at .09 and I plan on riding this all the way to 1.20 or more.

    Sat Radio is here to stay, and I won't bore you with the reasons why I know it is.

    I see GLOBAL applications in the future. Think about it, Liberty Global. 40% interest in Sirius. Why would they NOT have a joint venture and roll Sat radiio into one of their "triple play" packages? It only takes a little foresight.

  • Report this Comment On November 05, 2009, at 12:28 AM, cnight80 wrote:

    Where's the poll for worlds most backword logic investment site? My vote is for Motley Fool! I bought Sirius at $0.37/share and have made tons of money because I did NOT listen to the Motley Fool's terrible advice to sell siri. I cannot wait to watch the MF writers backtrack once Siri goes over the $1.00 mark to cover up their scare tactics to sell siri about 20 times a week when it has only improved in every possible way over the past year. You don't scare me MF.

  • Report this Comment On November 05, 2009, at 10:27 AM, stocking2011 wrote:

    Tim Beyers is flat out wrong about rimm being scary and having no response to apple. What he doesn't realize is that rimm ocupies it's own nitch... never has the blackberry really been in direct competition with the iphone they occupy their own nitch. Apples the scary one because of their high valuation and the fact that others are catching up to their technology quickly and people who like apples products have them so room for growth is very limited in all areas except pcs it seems to me. Recently i bought a samsung instinct for $75 and it does all the iphone does for alot cheeper. In the least their product line should be expanded. Also googs valuation is more scary then baidus because as is with apple their is limited potential for growth that doesnt seem to be priced in

  • Report this Comment On November 05, 2009, at 10:35 AM, mikebz5 wrote:

    HAHAHAHAHAHHAAAAAA!!!!

  • Report this Comment On November 05, 2009, at 10:47 AM, cnight80 wrote:

    BIG SURPRISE, SIRIUS DOES WELL FOR THE 3RD Q, AND EXCEEDS EXPECTATIONS! EAT THAT MOTLEY FOOL, MAYBE NOW YOU WON'T BASH SIRI. YOU PEOPLE ONLY WRITE ARTICLES ABOUT HOW THEY ARE THE WORST STOCK IN THE WORLD AND NOW YOU'LL PROBABLY STILL WRITE ABOUT HOW SIRI HAS A 0.001% CHANCE OF GOING BANKRUPT.... STICK TO THE FACTS INSTEAD OF YOUR TERRIBLE OPINIONATED ARTICLES ABOUT SIRIUS, MF IS CLUELESS AND BITTER ABOUT SIRIUS.

  • Report this Comment On November 05, 2009, at 11:03 AM, hotkarlito wrote:

    Where are you now, SIRIDoom? For weeks you've said net subscribers would be down, yet SIRI has a net GAIN in 3Q and the economy still hasn't fully turned around. Between you and MF and the Street, all that negativity, and now you can eat crow.

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