Bad days. We all have them; some of us deserve them. Here are five stocks whose naughty ways drew investors' scorn on Thursday:


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Sources: The Wall Street Journal, Yahoo! Finance, Motley Fool CAPS.

Well, OK, we can't exactly call these stocks naughty. There are days when five-star winners and newsletter recommendations appear here. Today is one of those days.

But if you're an investor, you'll have plenty of bad days. The trick is to avoid dating -- or, worse, marrying -- your losers. That's why I listen when our 95,000-person-strong Motley Fool CAPS community of stock pickers speaks with a poor rating or a negative pitch.

Here is today's list of the worst stocks in the world.

We begin with GeoEye, a Rule Breakers recommendation that saw its shares climb almost 9% on a good piece of non-news on Wednesday. What these buyers apparently missed is the not-so-good news found in an 8-K filing from later that night. Quoting:

The Company has preliminarily determined that its prior conclusions regarding an ownership change in control ... were incorrect and that a change in control may have occurred in 2005. Since we currently believe that a change may have occurred in 2005, because this change of control occurred within two years of the Company's emergence from Chapter 11, utilization of the Company's pre-reorganization NOL carryforwards are eliminated ... In the third quarter of 2007 the taxable income exceeded the post acquisition losses and therefore the company ... has recorded an additional provision for income taxes of $15.8 million. [Emphasis added.]

And I thought my tax bill was big.

Next up is La-Z-Boy, which said it would move domestic cutting and sewing facilities to a plant in Mexico and, consequently, shut down a Utah factory. The human toll is expected to be 1,050 workers. Not good.

Executives tried to assuage shareholders by saying that, with these moves, La-Z-Boy should be able to recognize $25 million in annual savings by 2011. It'll need it. Cash flow after dividend payments has been, at best, inconsistent in recent years:


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Sources: Capital IQ, a division of Standard & Poor's.


But our winner is X-Rite, whose technology adds color to all sorts of products and which, on Thursday, said that it would seek to offset declining revenue with $23 million in cost cuts over the next 12 months.

That X-Rite has to resort to cuts isn't a good sign. But this bit from a company press release is even worse:

The Company is currently not in compliance with certain covenants under its secured credit facilities, but is engaged in discussions with the lenders to amend certain terms of its credit arrangements to allow for greater operating flexibility. Further draws on the Company's revolving line of credit would require the approval of the lenders under these facilities. [Emphasis added.]

Makes it pretty clear why urgent cuts are necessary, wouldn't you say?

At least X-Rite isn't alone. WCI Communities (NYSE: WCI) faced a similar problem in December. X-Rite and its live-and-in-color credit crunch ... Thursday's Worst Stock in the CAPS world.

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I'll be back tomorrow with more stock horror stories. and Rule Breakers contributor Tim Beyers, who is ranked 13,380 out of more than 95,000 participants in CAPS, hopes that Keith Olbermann doesn't mind the blatant theft of his "Worst Person in the World" segment from Countdown. Remember, Keith, imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.

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Tim didn't own shares in any of the stocks mentioned in this article at the time of publication. The Motley Fool's disclosure policy thinks that cooked spinach is the worst veggie in the world.