The turmoil in the markets makes it too easy to justify selling any stock these days. Yet, while panic never helps investors, it's still a good idea to play devil's advocate with investments.
Consider home fix-it retailer Lowe's
Here at the Fool, we like to consider both the good and the bad sides of an investment, so I'm highlighting three of the main bearish arguments on Lowe's. Be sure to read the bullish side as well, and then weigh in with your own comments below or rate Lowe's in CAPS.
1. Weak sales
Despite some positive signs in Lowe's and competitor Home Depot's
2. No robust turnaround yet
3. Losing momentum
Lowe's stock recently reached a new 52-week high, and some CAPS members think shares are priced at a premium and don't have much room to run. And some investors get the feeling that a good portion of Lowe's insiders think the same thing, because there has been increased insider selling in recent months. While the selling doesn't amount to the level of "dumping and running," the run-up in share price, coupled with significant economic challenges, makes it tough for some to hold onto shares.
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Fool contributor Dave Mock earned three gold stars for good behavior last week. He doesn't own shares of companies mentioned here. Costco, Home Depot, and Lowe's are Inside Value recommendations. Costco is a Stock Advisor selection, and the Fool owns shares of it. The Fool's disclosure policy still sticks by the old family flu therapies, regardless of how ridiculous they appear to be.