Track the companies that matter to you. It's FREE! Click one of these fan favorites to get started: Apple; Google; Ford.



Today’s 3 Worst Stocks in the S&P 500

Watch stocks you care about

The single, easiest way to keep track of all the stocks that matter...

Your own personalized stock watchlist!

It's a 100% FREE Motley Fool service...

Click Here Now

Although we don't believe in timing the market or panicking over daily movements, we do like to keep an eye on market changes -- just in case they're material to our investing thesis.

Investors cheered robust jobs growth in October, sending all three major U.S. indices higher. Last month, 204,000 new jobs were created, a number that blew expectations out of the water. On top of that, more than 100% of the jobs were created in the private sector -- that's right, the private sector added 212,000 positions, while the government cut 8,000 positions. The S&P 500 Index (SNPINDEX: ^GSPC  ) added 23 points, or 1.4%, to end at 1,770, giving the benchmark its fifth straight week of gains.

But a rising tide rarely lifts all boats in the stock market. Shares of Monster Beverage (NASDAQ: MNST  ) , for instance, lost 3.4% after the energy-drink maker posted third-quarter results that underwhelmed investors. Sales and net income rose in the period, but merely posting single-digit growth rates didn't cut it for shareholders, who were hoping for a better justification of the stock's 30 P/E multiple. On top of that, regulatory risk has always been elevated with Monster, and that risk is starting to impact the bottom line as legal expenses mount.

Stock in grocery store operator Safeway (UNKNOWN: SWY.DL  ) was also down Friday, shedding 3% in trading. The U.S.-based grocer is completely out of the Canadian grocery game as of earlier this week, having sold its Canadian operations to Sobeys Inc. But more material to today's fall are reports that Safeway is negotiating with union representatives in the Baltimore and D.C. markets to prevent a strike, giving investors the potential for an all risk/no reward scenario. 

Lastly, telecom services company Windstream (NASDAQ: WIN  ) saw its shares fall 1.7% as the company reported falling revenue and subscriber losses. Cash on hand also fell from the same quarter last year, and Morgan Stanley downgraded shares to underweight, or the equivalent of a sell rating. The Wall Street firm cited concerns about the sustainability of Windstream's dividend as a major concern affecting its decision. The telecom sector requires hefty capital expenditures from companies that wish to remain competitive, so if you're set on investing in these businesses, you may want to consider one of the better-established big boys that are devoid of liquidity concerns.

Three stocks that will help you retire rich
High-flying stocks with overhyped potential are one way to play the market, but the best investing approach is to choose great companies and stick with them for the long term, through the ups and downs. The Motley Fool's free report, "3 Stocks That Will Help You Retire Rich," names stocks that could help you build long-term wealth and retire well, along with some winning wealth-building strategies that every investor should be aware of. Click here now to keep reading.

Read/Post Comments (0) | Recommend This Article (1)

Comments from our Foolish Readers

Help us keep this a respectfully Foolish area! This is a place for our readers to discuss, debate, and learn more about the Foolish investing topic you read about above. Help us keep it clean and safe. If you believe a comment is abusive or otherwise violates our Fool's Rules, please report it via the Report this Comment Report this Comment icon found on every comment.

Be the first one to comment on this article.

Compare Brokers

Fool Disclosure

Sponsored Links

Leaked: Apple's Next Smart Device
(Warning, it may shock you)
The secret is out... experts are predicting 458 million of these types of devices will be sold per year. 1 hyper-growth company stands to rake in maximum profit - and it's NOT Apple. Show me Apple's new smart gizmo!

DocumentId: 2719856, ~/Articles/ArticleHandler.aspx, 9/29/2016 3:09:05 AM

Report This Comment

Use this area to report a comment that you believe is in violation of the community guidelines. Our team will review the entry and take any appropriate action.

Sending report...

Today's Market

updated 5 hours ago Sponsored by:
DOW 18,339.24 110.94 0.61%
S&P 500 2,171.37 11.44 0.53%
NASD 5,318.55 12.84 0.24%

Create My Watchlist

Go to My Watchlist

You don't seem to be following any stocks yet!

Better investing starts with a watchlist. Now you can create a personalized watchlist and get immediate access to the personalized information you need to make successful investing decisions.

Data delayed up to 5 minutes

Related Tickers

9/28/2016 5:27 PM
^GSPC $2171.37 Up +11.44 +0.53%
S&P 500 INDEX CAPS Rating: No stars
MNST $146.83 Down -0.93 -0.63%
Monster Beverage CAPS Rating: ***
SWY.DL $0.00 Down +0.00 +0.00%
Safeway CAPS Rating: **
WIN $10.35 Up +0.19 +1.87%
Windstream CAPS Rating: **