Cold Stocks You're Selling Now

Welcome back to another Foolish review of the coldest stocks as ranked by Motley Fool CAPS. We're looking at the three worst-performing industries over the past 30 days and your favorite short and long candidates in each.

Last week and for the four weeks prior, ethanol producers led the retreat. But not this week. This time, bio-pharmaceuticals are colder than a hairless cat in the Arctic. Biotechs as a group are down 9.3% over the past 30 days.

Who are the others? Have a look:

  • Second worst are -- surprise! -- ethanol producers. Investors have lost the taste for steamed corn stocks like MGP Ingredients (Nasdaq: MGPI  ) , which, as a group, are down 7.6% over the past 30 days.
  • Third worst are the tax services firms, whose returns have been, shall we say, lacking. Stocks in this sector, as a group, are down 5.5% over the past 30 days.

According to you, our Foolish readers, the worst stocks in these industries to own now -- i.e., those rated one or two out of a maximum five stars in CAPS -- are:

Company

CAPS Stars (5 max)

No. of CAPS Ratings

Bearish CAPS Ratings

Bear Ratio

U.S. BioEnergy

*

126

97

76.9%

Verasun Energy (NYSE: VSE  )

*

192

114

59.4%

Aventine Energy

*

124

62

50.0%

H&R Block (NYSE: HRB  )

*

119

51

42.9%

Pacific Ethanol

*

366

139

37.9%

Replidyne (Nasdaq: RDYN  )

**

15

5

33.3%

Jackson Hewitt (NYSE: JTX  )

**

29

4

13.8%

Source: Motley Fool CAPS

And that's all you get. For the first time in the brief history of this column, digging through the freezer finds no serious long candidates.

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Fool contributor Tim Beyers, ranked 2,237 out of more than 23,200 in CAPS, is a sucker for growth stocks and a regular contributor to David Gardner's Motley Fool Rule Breakers service. Tim didn't own shares of any of the companies mentioned in this story at the time of publication. All of his portfolio holdings can be found at Tim's Fool profile. His thoughts on growth stocks, Foolishness, and investing in general may be found in his blog. The Motley Fool's disclosure policy freezes out Wall Street's worst.


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