5 Stocks to Sell or Avoid Now

In a difficult market like this, weak positions can get even weaker. Wall Street analysts believe these five stocks should be near the front of your sell list.

Concept art of a clock saying it's stocks to sell
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Sell calls are pretty rare on Wall Street, so when analysts collectively give any name a thumbs down it's probably wise to toss it in the stocks to sell – or at least avoid – pile.

Fortunately, as noted, such stocks are indeed unusual. To get a sense of just how reluctant industry analysts are to issue Sell recommendations, simply take a look at the S&P 500. Only five components of the benchmark index rate a consensus recommendation of Sell, per S&P Global Market Intelligence. 


Market data and analysts' recommendations are as of March 8, courtesy of S&P Global Market Intelligence. Stocks are listed by strength of conviction of analysts' Sell calls, from weakest to strongest.

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Dan Burrows
Senior Investing Writer, Kiplinger.com

Dan Burrows is Kiplinger's senior investing writer, having joined the august publication full time in 2016.

A long-time financial journalist, Dan is a veteran of SmartMoney, MarketWatch, CBS MoneyWatch, InvestorPlace and DailyFinance. He has written for The Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg, Consumer Reports, Senior Executive and Boston magazine, and his stories have appeared in the New York Daily News, the San Jose Mercury News and Investor's Business Daily, among other publications. As a senior writer at AOL's DailyFinance, Dan reported market news from the floor of the New York Stock Exchange and hosted a weekly video segment on equities.

Once upon a time – before his days as a financial reporter and assistant financial editor at legendary fashion trade paper Women's Wear Daily – Dan worked for Spy magazine, scribbled away at Time Inc. and contributed to Maxim magazine back when lad mags were a thing. He's also written for Esquire magazine's Dubious Achievements Awards.

In his current role at Kiplinger, Dan writes about equities, fixed income, currencies, commodities, funds, macroeconomics, demographics, real estate, cost of living indexes and more.

Dan holds a bachelor's degree from Oberlin College and a master's degree from Columbia University.

Disclosure: Dan does not trade stocks or other securities. Rather, he dollar-cost averages into cheap funds and index funds and holds them forever in tax-advantaged accounts.