10 Stocks at Serious Risk of a Meltdown

When stocks took a sizable hit in early February, it was painful but not terribly unnerving.

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When stocks took a sizable hit in early February, it was painful but not terribly unnerving. Most investors innately knew the market was overextended and in need of a pullback. Waiting the weakness out still felt like the right move.

And it was. By mid-February, stocks were on the mend, resuming the familiar bullish streak that extends all the way back to late 2016.

However, the Standard & Poor’s 500-stock index is facing its second strong selloff in less than two months. The index in fact has plunged below those early February lows, forcing investors to rethink just how resilient the market truly is here. Perhaps the bulls aren’t so eager to renew the broad uptrend as they seemed in mid-February, having been burned for being overconfident not too long ago.

While typically three out of four stocks move in the same direction as the overall market, not all will merely match the degree of a market tumble (if one is in the cards). A handful could easily sell off in a much bigger way, dishing out significant pain. In some cases, these selloffs may just be temporary and even set up buying opportunities in higher-quality stocks. But some situations may be more dire.

Here’s a look at the market’s most vulnerable stocks at the moment.

Data is as of April 1, 2018. Stocks listed in alphabetical order. Click on ticker-symbol links in each slide for current share prices and more.

James Brumley
Contributing Writer, Kiplinger.com
James Brumley is a former stock broker, registered investment adviser and Director of Research for an options-focused newsletter. He's now primarily a freelance writer, tapping more than a decade's worth of broad experience to help investors get more out of the market. With a background in technical analysis as well as fundamental analysis, James touts stock-picking strategies that combine the importance of company performance with the power of stock-trade timing. He believes this dual approach is the only way an investor has a shot at consistently beating the market. James' work has appeared at several websites including Street Authority, Motley Fool, Kapitall and Investopedia. When not writing as a journalist, James works on his book explaining his multi-pronged approach to investing.