A shell-shocked 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.
In Motley Fool CAPS, more than 135,000 members have weighed in on nearly 5,300 stocks, sharing bullish and bearish opinions alike.
Consider solar wafer maker LDK Solar
1. Damaged credit markets: Lack of credit is still putting pressure on the solar industry, and the effects are being felt by suppliers like Energy Conversion Devices
2. Continued writedowns: Inventory charges plagued LDK and other solar players like Trina Solar
3. Bad outlook: To add to the dismal first-quarter solar earnings reports, some investors still see a challenging future despite some signs of hope. While Solarfun Power
Of course, LDK Solar has survived despite dozens of obstacles in the past. But CAPS is such a great resource to determine whether the company will ultimately shine.
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