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.
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