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The 5 Best and Worst Stocks of 2015 A Mid-Year Check-In
A Quick Note To be considered for this list, companies needed to have a market capitalization of at least $300 million. Biotechnology and drug companies were omitted from the list, as they would have been the almost all of the members of the best-performers list. These stocks make huge swings—up or down—based upon drug approval rulings from the FDA.
Let’s start with the five worst performers of the year…
5) Natural Resource Partners YTD Performance: (57%) Business: An MLP that owns and leases mineral properties in the United States. Cause: NRP accumulated a lot of debt over the years and had to cut its dividend by 75%. Source: Natural Resource Partners
4) Caesars Entertainment YTD Performance: (59%) Business: Owner and operator of casino and casino-based properties. Cause: The company has yet to turn a profit since going public, has massive amounts of debt, and is investing in questionable properties in Atlantic City. Source: Caesars Entertainment
3) Sonus Networks YTD Performance: (60%) Business: Provider of cloud communications hardware and services. Cause: The company had a number of large orders that were expected to close in the first quarter that it now doesn’t expect until next year. Source: Sonus
2)Peabody Energy YTD Performance: (68%) Business: Worldwide coal miner. Cause: The coal market is very weak. Peabody is trying to stay afloat by issuing bonds, but that may not be enough. Source: Peabody
1) Lumber Liquidators YTD Performance: (68%) Business: Seller of hardwood flooring. Cause: A 60 Minutes piece called into question the safety of the company’s China-sourced laminates. Many C-Level executives have since left. Source: Lumber Liquidators
Now, let’s move on to the biggest winners of the year…thus far.
5) Ambarella YTD Performance: 141% Business: Develops technology used in small video recording devices. Cause: Sales of the company’s technology have exploded thanks to GoPro’s popular cameras, as well as increased interest by security firms. Source: GoPro
4) Isle of Capri YTD Performance: 142% Business: Casino owner/operator Cause: Besides reporting strong growth earlier in the year, the stock took a major jump after it was leaked that it may be bought out by Gaming and Leisure Properties. Source: Isle of Capri
3) Tantech Holdings YTD Performance: 153% Business: Chinese company that makes bamboo-based charcoal products. Cause: This is a newly IPO’d company that very little is known about. Investors should tread carefully. Source: Tantech
2) NeoPhotonics YTD Performance: 218% Business: Manufactures hybrid photonic integrated models used to process and send large amounts of data. Cause: The last two quarters, NeoPhotonics has crushed analyst expectations. Sales of the company’s 100G products have been very strong. Source: NeoPhotonics
1) Natural Health Trends YTD Performance: 273% Business: Direct-seller of nutritional, beauty and lifestyle products, primarily in China. Cause: Buyer beware, this is essentially a Chinese MLM company. That said, revenue and earnings growth have been through the roof. Source: Natural Health Trends
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