A shellshocked 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 global technology services giant IBM
1. Flat sales
While zero growth may be a relief to many these days, some investors still expect more from market leaders. IBM joined Cisco
2. More job cuts
IBM recently announced plans to cut more jobs. Like Microsoft
3. Share price
With the economic outlook still uncertain, some CAPS members aren't too keen on IBM's current price -- if not from a pure valuation standpoint, then from a belief that it may likely go lower before it goes higher. Although Oracle
Of course, IBM has survived and thrived despite dozens of obstacles in the past. Will it continue to outperform in the future? CAPS can be a great way to help you draw your own conclusion.
Fool contributor Dave Mock is at his weakest point when faced with ice cream or shaved ice. He owns shares of Intel. Google is a Motley Fool Rule Breakers pick. Dell, Intel, and Microsoft are Inside Value picks. The Fool owns shares of and options on Intel. The Fool's disclosure policy is built to last longer than a Twinkie.