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.

For the fourth consecutive week, subprime lenders are evaporating faster than support for embattled Attorney General Alberto Gonzales. Stocks in this sector are, as a group, down 25.2% over the past 30 days.

Who are the other lovable losers? Good question. Today's laggards offer a weird twist in that residential construction, down 14.4%, was second worst and homebuilders, down 11.3%, were third worst. Don't ask me how these categories differ; let's just combine them and get to the list.

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

Beazer Homes (NYSE:BZH)

*

141

97

68.8%

Brookfield Homes

*

50

34

68.0%

WCI Communities (NYSE:WCI)

*

117

66

56.4%

Centex  (NYSE:CTX)

*

177

99

55.9%

New Century Financial

*

443

240

54.2%

Accredited Home Lenders
(NASDAQ:LEND)

*

378

200

52.9%

Lennar (NYSE:LEN)

*

251

127

50.6%

Toll Brothers (NYSE:TOL)

*

450

224

49.8%

Source: Motley Fool CAPS

And your favorite long candidates -- i.e., those rated four or five stars in CAPS -- are:

Company

CAPS Stars

No. of CAPS Ratings

Bullish CAPS Ratings

Bull Ratio

Lafarge ADS (NYSE:LR)

*****

30

29

96.7%

Walter Industries

****

795

773

97.2%

Source: Motley Fool CAPS

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Walter Industries is a Motley Fool Hidden Gems pick.

Fool contributor Tim Beyers, who is ranked 659 out of more than 25,200 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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