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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 time, and the time before, music and video stores were experiencing fuzzy reception. They're still off-key, down 15.3% as a group, but have given way to the fuel cell makers. The hydrogen battery bunch have shed 22.3% of their collective value since mid-April.

And who's in third place? A laser, it turns out, cuts much deeper than a knife. Investors hoping to ride the light to big gains have instead suffered an 11.9% loss over the last 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:


CAPS Stars

No. of CAPS Ratings

Bearish CAPS Ratings

Bear Ratio

Movie Gallery





Medis Technologies (NASDAQ:MDTL)





Plug Power (NASDAQ:PLUG)





Trans World Ent. (NASDAQ:TWMC)





Ballard Power





Blockbuster (NYSE:BBI)





Source: Motley Fool CAPS

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


CAPS Stars

No. of CAPS Ratings

Bullish CAPS Ratings

Bull Ratio











Coherent (NASDAQ:COHR)





Source: Motley Fool CAPS

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Fool contributor Tim Beyers, who is ranked 5,787 out of more than 28,900 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. Tim's portfolio holdings can be found at his Fool profile. His thoughts on growth stocks, Foolishness, and investing in general may be found in his blog. II-VI is a  Hidden Gems pick. The Motley Fool's disclosure policy freezes out Wall Street's worst.

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Tim Beyers first began writing for the Fool in 2003. Today, he's an analyst for Motley Fool Rule Breakers and Motley Fool Supernova. At, he covers disruptive ideas in technology and entertainment, though you'll most often find him writing and talking about the business of comics. Find him online at or send email to For more insights, follow Tim on Google+ and Twitter.

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