The 7 Worst Stocks to Buy Now

“A rising tide lifts all boats” is a popular Wall Street saying, but it’s not always true.

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“A rising tide lifts all boats” is a popular Wall Street saying, but it’s not always true. The market is hitting all-time highs seemingly every other day, but you can bet that if a stock springs a leak, it will sink. As broad-based as the market's gains have been this year, investors looking for stocks to buy will be hard-pressed to outperform an index fund without being just a little picky.

That is easier said than done, of course. After all, one of the first places value investors look for bargains is beaten-down stocks. But separating stocks that are just misunderstood from the ones that are cheap for a reason is no simple task.

We’re here to help. A look across the market landscape reveals no shortage of stocks that look like bargains, but aren't worth buying now. Some of these were once the market’s more durable names, while some of these are very recent flashes in the pan. Many of these names are famous enough that the uninformed investor could get suckered into taking a flyer. Don’t do it.

Here are seven of the worst stocks to buy now. Heavy competition, business-specific problems and tarnished reputations make these well-known companies hazardous to your portfolio’s health.


Data is as of Nov. 27, 2017. Analyst ratings are from Zacks Investment Research. Stocks are listed in alphabetical order. Click on symbol links in each slide for current share prices and more.

Dan Burrows
Senior Investing Writer,

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.