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.
In Motley Fool CAPS, more than 135,000 members have weighed in on nearly 5,300 stocks, sharing bullish and bearish opinions alike.
Consider big-name bank Wells Fargo
1. Consumers still a drag: Wells Fargo peer JPMorgan Chase reported strong quarterly results, yet showed large consumer credit losses and predicts further commercial real estate losses. While some may anticipate a strong second quarter from Wells Fargo, many expect its large commercial and residential mortgage portfolios acquired through the Wachovia acquisition to continue to rear their ugly head.
2. Government bankrolled: While banks like US Bancorp
3. The ground is still shaky: High unemployment and rising consumer credit default rates are putting pressure on consumer-focused banks like Wells and Capital One
Of course, Wells Fargo has survived and thrived despite dozens of obstacles in the past. But the question about whether the company can weather the current storm is why CAPS is such a great resource to augment your own analysis.
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