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 is never beneficial to investors, it's good practice to play devil's advocate with investments from time to time.
In Motley Fool CAPS, more than 125,000 members have weighed in on nearly 5,400 stocks, sharing bullish and bearish opinions alike.
In the case of transportation bellwether FedEx
1. Worse before it gets better
FedEx and its investors might not fear 2009 as much as Citigroup
2. Cutting to the bone
With the economic crisis taking its toll on FedEx and competitor UPS
3. Unprecedented times
FedEx reported lower shipping volumes across the board in its fiscal second quarter with Chairman and Chief Executive Fred Smith recently stating that the company is facing "some of the worst economic conditions in the company's 35-year operating history." Cheaper fuel prices and raising customer rates, as eBay
Of course, FedEx has survived and thrived despite dozens of obstacles in its long history. But the question of whether the company can continue to do so profitably is why CAPS is such a great resource to augment your own analysis.
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Fool contributor Dave Mock owns no shares of companies mentioned here. United Parcel Service is an Income Investor pick. eBay is an Inside Value recommendation. FedEx and eBay are Stock Advisor picks. The Fool's disclosure policy is rumored to be unbeatable at Parcheesi.