The recent run-up in the market would make it 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 low-cost airline Southwest Airlines
Here at the Motley Fool, we like to consider both the good and bad sides of an investment, so in this article, so I'm highlighting three of the main bearish arguments on Southwest Airlines today. Be sure to read the bullish side as well, and then weigh in with your own comments below or rate Southwest Airlines in CAPS.
1. Weak travel
Although Southwest posted a first-quarter profit along with Alaska Air Group as they met analyst expectations, air travel is still far from pre-recession levels and there's no clear timeline on a recovery. AMR
2. Rising fuel costs
Rising costs remain a concern for airlines and investors. While Delta
3. Bad history
Some CAPS members see airlines in general as a tough place to invest successfully, due to a number of factors that have squeezed the sector for decades. With other ways to profit from the travel industry, such as online travel company priceline.com
To see details of what CAPS members are saying now about Southwest Airlines, just click on over to Motley Fool CAPS and have a look -- or add your own thoughts directly to this story in the comments box below.
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Fool contributor Dave Mock thinks the number three is underrated and suffers unduly in the shadow of number one. He owns no shares of companies mentioned here. priceline.com and Morningstar are Stock Advisor picks. The Fool's disclosure policy avoids problems at airport screens by not bringing toiletries on trips altogether -- go natural, baby!