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5 Value Traps Every Stock Investor Should Avoid


With stocks trading at or near record highs in the early days of the Trump administration, finding stocks to hate is depressingly easy. I have to remind myself not to ask the question whether a stock can get any cheaper, because the answer is “of course it can.”

Just look at GoPro Inc. (GPRO), which is down 40% over the past year, and is taking another beating to make room for new camera stock Snap Inc (SNAP).

Or there’s Twitter Inc. (TWTR), with a nonexistent price-earnings ratio and roughly 20% market decline over the past 12 months.

Sometimes stocks are cheap for good reason, making them value traps for unwary investors. These five firms are a case in point.


Prices and data are from the original InvestorPlace story published on March 6, 2017. Click on ticker-symbol links in each slide for current prices and more.

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