A sputtering economy, implosions 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 is never beneficial to investors, it's good practice to play devil's advocate with investments from time to time.
In Motley Fool CAPS, more than 125,000 members have weighed in on nearly 5,400 stocks, sharing bullish and bearish opinions alike.
In the case of software stalwart Microsoft
Vista: Microsoft lost nearly half its value in 2008 as it faced a tough year like many other tech companies. But it wasn't all due to events outside the company -- many argue that Vista did a spectacular job at lowering the company, as the unpopular operating system was shunned by many corporate users.
Enemies advancing: Google
Oh yeah, and the once-ubiquitous Internet Explorer is losing ground to competitors.
Reached its peak: Providing more growth for shareholders becomes difficult for large companies like Microsoft or Oracle
Of course, Microsoft has survived and thrived despite huge obstacles in the past. But the question about whether the company can do so going forward is why CAPS is such a great resource to augment your own analysis.
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Fool contributor Dave Mock is all for willpower and positive thinking, until ice cream sandwiches are part of the equation. He owns no shares of companies mentioned here. Microsoft is an Inside Value pick. Google is a Rule Breakers recommendation. Amazon and Apple are Stock Advisor picks. The Fool's disclosure policy can walk 30 feet across red-hot coals, but gets burned every time.