The Worst Dow Stocks to Start 2014

After a great year in 2013, U.S. markets are struggling this year, and Nike, Visa, and Goldman Sachs haven't done the Dow any favors by dropping to start the year.

Apr 13, 2014 at 7:00PM

The year 2013 was a great one for stocks, with the Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJINDICES:^DJI) returning 30% and the S&P 500 up 32%. But 2014 has had a slow start, and the indexes are down 1% and flat, respectively. So, which companies have been disappointing this year? 

Nike (NYSE:NKE) and Visa (NYSE:V) are the Dow's newest stocks, and they're lagging the index by a wide margin this year. Investors have sold off growth and are looking for better values, and their respective P/E ratios of 24 and 26 have scared investors this year. Goldman Sachs (NYSE:GS) has also underperformed, and it's now considering shutting down some of its proprietary trading to stave off regulatory scrutiny. 

Fool contributor Travis Hoium covers these underperformers, and what to expect throughout 2014, in the video below. 

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4 in 5 Americans Are Ignoring Buffett's Warning

Don't be one of them.

Jun 12, 2015 at 5:01PM

Admitting fear is difficult.

So you can imagine how shocked I was to find out Warren Buffett recently told a select number of investors about the cutting-edge technology that's keeping him awake at night.

This past May, The Motley Fool sent 8 of its best stock analysts to Omaha, Nebraska to attend the Berkshire Hathaway annual shareholder meeting. CEO Warren Buffett and Vice Chairman Charlie Munger fielded questions for nearly 6 hours.
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."

That's how Buffett responded when asked about this emerging market that is already expected to be worth more than $2 trillion in the U.S. alone. Google has already put some of its best engineers behind the technology powering this trend. 

The amazing thing is, while Buffett may be nervous, the rest of us can invest in this new industry BEFORE the old money realizes what hit them.

KPMG advises we're "on the cusp of revolutionary change" coming much "sooner than you think."

Even one legendary MIT professor had to recant his position that the technology was "beyond the capability of computer science." (He recently confessed to The Wall Street Journal that he's now a believer and amazed "how quickly this technology caught on.")

Yet according to one J.D. Power and Associates survey, only 1 in 5 Americans are even interested in this technology, much less ready to invest in it. Needless to say, you haven't missed your window of opportunity. 

Think about how many amazing technologies you've watched soar to new heights while you kick yourself thinking, "I knew about that technology before everyone was talking about it, but I just sat on my hands." 

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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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