Underperforming Stocks as Possible Contrarian Plays

If you are at least an average dart thrower you could have made mad money blind folded the past half year.  With the S&P 500 (NYSE:SPY), NASDAQ and Russell 2000 (NYSE:IWM) up between 30-35% in that time frame, it would have taken a very specialized skill set to pick losers since Bernanke declared war on bears at Jackson Hole, Wyoming.  But it was possible…. here are the unsavory stocks/ETFs that some unlucky souls may have embraced, missing out on the party.

My target pool is some 2020 stocks/ETFs, with market cap over $300M, stock price over $10, and trading at least 200,000 shares a day.   Of that, only 3.5% of the entire market lost at least 5%…  72 shameful actors.  (to put it in perspective the best 72 stocks/ETFs in the same time frame gained between 113-400%)

Ticker Company Loss Industry
(NYSE:TZA) Direxion Daily Small Cap Bear 3X Shares -66.2% Exchange Traded Fund
(NASDAQ:ENOC) EnerNOC, Inc. -41.6% Business Services
(NYSE:SKF) ProShares UltraShort Financials -38.8% Exchange Traded Fund
(NYSE:SDS) ProShares UltraShort S&P500 -38.6% Exchange Traded Fund
(NASDAQ:AMAG) AMAG Pharmaceuticals, Inc. -38.1% Diagnostic Substances
(NASDAQ:ACOR) Acorda Therapeutics, Inc. -30.7% Biotechnology
(NASDAQ:ALNY) Alnylam Pharmaceuticals, Inc. -27.9% Biotechnology
(NASDAQ:UEPS) Net 1 Ueps Technologies Inc. -27.3% Business Services
(NYSE:SCO) ProShares UltraShort DJ-UBS Crude Oil -24.4% Exchange Traded Fund
(NASDAQ:NKTR) Nektar Therapeutics -24.3% Biotechnology
(NASDAQ:CISG) Cninsure Inc. -24.1% Insurance Brokers
(NASDAQ:AUTC) AutoChina International Ltd. -23.3% Diversified Investments
(NYSE:SKX) Skechers USA Inc. -22.4% Textile – Apparel Footwear & Accessories
(NYSE:MSI) Motorola Solutions Inc. -21.6% Communication Equipment
(NASDAQ:CLNE) Clean Energy Fuels Corp. -21.2% Gas Utilities
(NASDAQ:HMIN) Home Inns & Hotels Management Inc. -21.0% Lodging
(NYSE:GNK) Genco Shipping & Trading Ltd. -21.0% Shipping
(NYSE:HGG) hhgregg, Inc. -18.8% Electronics Stores
(NASDAQ:STRA) Strayer Education Inc. -18.4% Education & Training Services
(NASDAQ:THOR) Thoratec Corp. -17.7% Medical Instruments & Supplies
(NASDAQ:AMLN) Amylin Pharmaceuticals, Inc. -17.2% Biotechnology
(NYSE:JNY) Jones Apparel Group, Inc. -16.9% Apparel Stores
(NASDAQ:HTHT) China Lodging Group, Limited -16.5% Lodging
(NYSE:RSH) RadioShack Corp. -16.1% Electronics Stores
(NASDAQ:CSCO) Cisco Systems, Inc. -15.9% Networking & Communication Devices
(NASDAQ:CPLA) Capella Education Co. -15.6% Education & Training Services
(NASDAQ:FSYS) Fuel Systems Solutions, Inc. -15.5% Auto Parts
(NASDAQ:PWRD) Perfect World Co., Ltd. -15.0% Application Software
(ASSET CLAS:EIM) Eaton Vance Municipal Bond Fund -14.6% Closed-End Fund – Debt
(NASDAQ:GOLD) Randgold Resources Ltd. -14.0% Gold
(NYSE:TLK) Perusahaan Perseroan (Persero) PT -13.8% Telecom Services – Foreign
(NYSE:TLT) iShares Barclays 20+ Year Treas Bond -13.7% Exchange Traded Fund
(NYSE:EJ) E-House (NASDAQ:CHINA) Holdings Limited -13.6% Property Management
(NASDAQ:MNTA) Momenta Pharmaceuticals Inc. -13.4% Biotechnology
(NYSE:STRI) STR Holdings, Inc. -12.0% Specialty Chemicals
(NASDAQ:AUXL) Auxilium Pharmaceuticals Inc. -11.7% Drug Related Products
(NYSE:LFT) Longtop Financial Technologies Limited -11.3% Business Software & Services
(NASDAQ:CETV) Central European Media Enterprises Ltd. -11.1% Broadcasting – TV
(NYSE:NAT) Nordic American Tanker Shipping Ltd. -10.9% Shipping
(NYSE:MBT) Mobile Telesystems OJSC -10.6% Wireless Communications
(NASDAQ:EXPE) Expedia Inc. -10.3% Lodging
(NASDAQ:WPRT) Westport Innovations Inc. -10.1% Pollution & Treatment Controls
(NYSE:DLB) Dolby Laboratories Inc. -9.9% Diversified Electronics
(NYSE:HDB) HDFC Bank Ltd. -9.9% Foreign Regional Banks
(NASDAQ:DNDN) Dendreon Corp. -9.4% Biotechnology
(NYSE:GFA) Gafisa S.A. -9.3% Residential Construction
(NYSE:LFC) China Life Insurance Co. Ltd. -9.2% Life Insurance
(ASSET CLAS:PML) PIMCO Municipal Income Fund II -9.2% Closed-End Fund – Debt
(NASDAQ:DWA) DreamWorks Animation SKG Inc. -8.9% Movie Production, Theaters
(NYSE:TNK) Teekay Tankers Ltd. -8.7% Shipping
(NYSE:CHL) China Mobile Limited -8.1% Wireless Communications
(NYSE:AGO) Assured Guaranty Ltd. -8.0% Surety & Title Insurance
(NYSE:HBI) Hanesbrands Inc. -8.0% Textile – Apparel Clothing
(NYSE:EGO) Eldorado Gold Corp. -7.8% Gold
(NYSE:WWE) World Wrestling Entertainment Inc. -7.7% General Entertainment
(NYSE:VGR) Vector Group Ltd. -7.6% Cigarettes
(NYSE:AB) AllianceBernstein Holding L.P. -7.5% Asset Management
(NASDAQ:MMYT) MakeMyTrip Limited -7.4% General Entertainment
(NASDAQ:MPWR) Monolithic Power Systems Inc. -7.1% Semiconductor – Specialized
(ASSET CLAS:NPM) Nuveen Premium Income Municipal Fund 2 -7.0% Closed-End Fund – Debt
(NYSE:FBR) Fibria Celulose SA -6.8% Paper & Paper Products
(NYSE:DFT) DuPont Fabros Technology, Inc. -6.6% Property Management
(NASDAQ:LNCE) Lance, Inc. -6.5% Processed & Packaged Goods
(NYSE:ENI) Enersis S.A. -6.5% Foreign Utilities
(NASDAQ:NUVA) NuVasive, Inc. -6.1% Medical Instruments & Supplies
(NASDAQ:CEDC) Central European Distribution Corp. -5.8% Beverages – Wineries & Distillers
(NYSE:ETR) Entergy Corporation -5.7% Electric Utilities
(ASSET CLAS:NIO) Nuveen Insured Municipal Opportunity Fund -5.3% Closed-End Fund – Debt
(NYSE:FRO) Frontline Ltd. -5.3% Shipping
(NASDAQ:AKAM) Akamai Technologies Inc. -5.2% Internet Information Providers
(NYSE:IEF) iShares Barclays 7-10 Year Treasury -5.1% Exchange Traded Fund
(NASDAQ:CREE) Cree Inc. -5.0% Semiconductor Equipmen

This is a guest post written by Trader Mark who runs the blog Fund My Mutual Fund.

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