The Biggest Losers of 2013: J.C. Penney, Sears, Lululemon, and Abercrombie

Last year was great for the market, but it wasn't great for these stocks. Here's why our analysts nominated J.C. Penney, Sears Holdings, Nuance Communications, lululemon athletica, and Abercrombie & Fitch for the category of the biggest losers of 2013.

Jan 18, 2014 at 12:15PM

What companies were the biggest losers of 2013? It was a great year to be invested in the stock market overall, but there were a few major exceptions, particularly in retail stocks such as J.C. Penney (NYSE:JCP) and Sears Holdings (NASDAQ:SHLD). In this video, several Motley Fool analysts around Fool HQ sit down and give their nominees for the biggest losers. They talk Sears and J.C. Penney and trouble with CEO decisions, what was wrong with Nuance Communications (NASDAQ:NUAN), why lululemon athletica (NASDAQ:LULU) should never have blamed its customers when it sold see-through pants, and why Abercrombie & Fitch (NYSE:ANF) can seem to do no right.

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4 in 5 Americans Are Ignoring Buffett's Warning

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Jun 12, 2015 at 5:01PM

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The catch was: Attendees weren't allowed to record any of it. No audio. No video. 

Our team of analysts wrote down every single word Buffett and Munger uttered. Over 16,000 words. But only two words stood out to me as I read the detailed transcript of the event: "Real threat."

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David Hanson owns shares of Berkshire Hathaway and American Express. The Motley Fool recommends and owns shares of Berkshire Hathaway, Google, and Coca-Cola.We Fools don't all hold the same opinions, but we all believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. The Motley Fool has a disclosure policy.

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