Not even Greek one-year bond yields eclipsing 95% are enough to drag the bull out of this market, as dozens of companies are quickly nearing new 52-week highs. For optimists, these rallies may seem like a dream come true. For skeptics like me, they're opportunities to see whether companies trading near their 52-week highs have actually earned their current valuations.
Keep in mind that some companies deserve their lofty valuations. As fellow Fool Jeremy Phillips explained, Colgate-Palmolive
Still, other companies might deserve a kick in the pants. Here's a look at three companies that could be worth selling.
What's your Vector, Victor?
First, Vector is a small-fry relative to industry peers Altria
Who put a quarter in Regeneron?
Seriously, who put a quarter in Regeneron Pharmaceutical
As a biotech investor, I'm often reminded that drugs which seem like a sure-shot to get past the FDA can sometimes be shot down. What I can tell you is Regeneron only has one marketable drug at the moment, Arcalyst, and it treats a very small percentage of the population. With losses mounting and operating expenses ballooning, a valuation of $6.5 billion on Regeneron simply doesn't make sense. Speculators might be willing to roll the dice at 88 times operating cash flow, but not me.
One thing you can almost count on with every market correction is an overreaction in the financial sector. Hit by everything shy of the kitchen sink, money center banks like Bank of America
With that being said, now may be the time to part ways with ProShares Short Financials
The companies featured this week had me scratching my head wondering, "Why is this rising?" Mounting losses, tightening legislation and government induced de-risking are all reasons why these three names may not be the perfect fit for your portfolio moving forward.
What's your take on these stocks: are they sells or belles? Share your wisdom in the comments section below and consider adding Vector Group, Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, and ProShares Short Financials to your watchlist.
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