A sputtering economy, implosions 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 benefits investors (unless they're calmly snapping up values while others freak out), it's good practice to play devil's advocate with investments from time to time.
In Motley Fool CAPS, more than 115,000 members have weighed in on more than 5,400 stocks, sharing bullish and bearish opinions alike.
In the case of coffee retailer Starbucks
Changing consumer spending
In dark times for consumers, as shoppers start flocking to discount stores like Costco
Many investors believe Starbucks' solid margins are a thing of the past. As beverage giants like Coca-Cola and PepsiCo
Unlike 20 years ago, coffee shops are found everywhere now. In a market with low barriers to entry, everyone from McDonald's
Of course, Starbucks has survived and thrived despite dozens of obstacles over the years. But given all the questions about whether this company's best days are over, CAPS' stockpile of bearish and bullish opinions can be great resource to augment your own analysis.
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Jack in the Box is a Motley Fool Hidden Gems Pay Dirt selection. Wal-Mart Stores, Starbucks, Coca-Cola, and Jack in the Box are Inside Value picks. Whole Foods Market, Starbucks, and Costco Wholesale are Stock Advisor picks. The Fool owns shares of Starbucks.
Fool contributor Dave Mock honestly doesn't know what a pig in a poke is. He does knows he owns shares of Starbucks. The Fool's disclosure policy never chases a flyer, sticks its neck out too far, or wrestles with buttered pigs.