"Bull markets are born on pessimism, grow on skepticism, mature on optimism, and die on euphoria. The time of maximum pessimism is the best time to buy, and the time of maximum optimism is the best time to sell."
-- Sir John Templeton

Just as it makes sense to research the stocks attracting top investors, it's equally important to figure out why smart money is leaving other investments. Using Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's 115,000-member-strong investing community, we can see which stocks are losing support from CAPS All-Star players.

A sudden decrease in interest from top-rated investors could signal that the stock is losing steam, which might make it an awful stock to avoid for now. At the very least, such drops should signal that further research is in order.

Here are five stocks receiving less support from CAPS All-Stars over the past month:



% Change in All-Star Bulls From 8/4 to 9/1

CAPS Rating
(out of 5)

CAPS Research

SPDR Gold Shares (NYSE:GLD)

ETF - Specialty




Ultrashort QQQ Proshares (AMEX:QID)

ETF - Bear Market




Companhia Siderurgica Nacional (NYSE:SID)

Steel & Iron




Pan American Silver Corp (NASDAQ:PAAS)

Precious Metals & Minerals




Newmont Mining (NYSE:NEM)





Source: Motley Fool CAPS and Yahoo! Finance, as of Sept. 1, 2008.

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Todd Wenning knows when there's a red sky in the morning, it's best to stay in bed. He does not own shares of any company mentioned. Try any of our Foolish newsletter services free for 30 days. The Fool's disclosure policy will be watching you.