The recent run-up in the market would make it easy to justify selling any stock these days. Yet, while panic never helps investors, it's still a good idea to play devil's advocate with investments.
Consider Nike (NYSE: NKE ) . Though demand for the swoosh continues to show strength, you'll find that a few of the 1,705 Motley Fool CAPS members weighing in on the stock offer reasons to be bearish.
Here at The Motley Fool, we like to consider both the good and the bad sides of an investment, so in this article, I'm highlighting three of the main bearish arguments on Nike. Be sure to read the bullish side as well, and then weigh in with your own comments below or rate Nike in CAPS.
1. Cautious recovery
Despite recently improved consumer spending that yielded an increase in same-store sales at some stores like Costco (Nasdaq: COST ) , it hasn't been robust enough for other big chains like Wal-Mart (NYSE: WMT ) and outdoor retailer Cabela's (NYSE: CAB ) to avoid a drop in their comparable sales. Overall, some experts expect a subdued recovery will be the way out of the recession, with consumers being cautious about their spending. With Nike selling discretionary items, some investors think the new mind-set of consumers could be a drag on the company's growth.
2. No longer a bargain
Nike may have been building some momentum lately, but the roughly 50% price increase in the past year, pushing shares to all-time highs recently, means the stock isn't sitting in bargain territory. There's still uncertainty about the global economy, and Nike's shares are above pre-recession levels, so some investors could be reconsidering their positions.
3. Past its prime
Nike's market capitalization is already many times the size of upstart brands like Under Armour (NYSE: UA ) or Deckers Outdoor (Nasdaq: DECK ) . But despite its heft and dominant position in many of its markets, some investors don't see the potential for big growth numbers that could come from investing in a smaller company.