A sluggish economy, spiraling debt at financial institutions, or just plain bad management -- on any given day, investors can name a number of reasons to sell a stock. Yet while panic never helps investors, it's still a good idea to play devil's advocate with investments from time to time.
Consider parcel mover UPS
Cutting Costs: The economy has even some of the best companies looking at various alternatives to cut costs. Competitor FedEx
Internal performance: UPS experienced lower operating margins and adjusted earnings in its latest quarter, and FedEx didn't do too great, either. The company can't shift all the blame onto macro conditions, though: Smaller shipper and logistics company Expeditors International
Not out of the woods yet: Some investors still see too many factors working against a full recovery anytime soon. More investors are looking to the financial outlooks of large companies like UPS, Amazon.com
Of course, UPS has survived despite plenty of obstacles in the past. Will it bounce back to be a winning investment? CAPS can be a great way to help you draw your own conclusion.
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Fool contributor Dave Mock would probably get his luggage at his destination far more reliably if he shipped it. He owns shares of Intel. Amazon.com and FedEx are Stock Advisor selections. Intel and Sears Holdings are Inside Value recommendations. The Fool owns shares of and covered calls on Intel. What can the Fool's disclosure policy do for you? Click the link to find out.