20 Stocks to Sell Now in 2018

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Most people know that brokerage rankings are overstated because of pressure from publicly-traded companies. No investor relations person wants to see "hold" and "sell" ratings issued for their stock. In reality, a "buy" rating really means "hold." "Hold" ratings really mean "sell" and "sell" ratings mean get out while you still can.

If Wall Street's top analysts are consistnetly giving "hold" and "sell" ratings to a stock, you know there's a serious problem. We've compiled a list of the companies that Wall Street's top equities research analysts are consistently giving "hold" and "sell" ratings too. If you own one of these stocks, consider getting out while there's still time.

This slide show lists the 20 companies that have the highest average analyst recommendations from Wall Street's equities research analysts over the last 12 months.

#1 - World Acceptance (NASDAQ:WRLD)

Consensus Rating: Sell
Rating Score: 1.0
Ratings Breakdown: 0 Buy Ratings, 0 Hold Ratings, 3 Sell Ratings.
Consensus Price Target: $68.33 (-38.5% Upside)

World Acceptance logoWorld Acceptance Corporation operates a small-loan consumer finance business in 15 states and Mexico as of March 31, 2016. The Company offers short-term small installment loans, medium-term larger installment loans, related credit insurance and ancillary products and services to individuals. The Company offers standardized installment loans generally between $300 and $4,000 through 1,339 branches in Alabama, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, New Mexico, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Texas, Tennessee, Wisconsin and Mexico as of March 31, 2016. The Company generally serves individuals with limited access to other sources of consumer credit, such as banks, credit unions, other consumer finance businesses and credit card lenders. In the United States branches, the Company also offers income tax return preparation services to its loan customers and other individuals.

#2 - ONE Gas (NYSE:OGS)

Consensus Rating: Sell
Rating Score: 1.3
Ratings Breakdown: 0 Buy Ratings, 1 Hold Ratings, 2 Sell Ratings.
Consensus Price Target: $65.67 (-2.1% Upside)

ONE Gas logoONE Gas, Inc. is a regulated natural gas distribution utility in the United States. The Company provides natural gas distribution services. The Company distributes natural gas in Oklahoma, Kansas and Texas. The Company serves residential, commercial and industrial, transportation and wholesale and public authority customers. The Company's natural gas distribution markets in terms of customers are Oklahoma City and Tulsa, Oklahoma; Kansas City, Wichita and Topeka, Kansas, and Austin and El Paso, Texas. As of December 31, 2016, its three divisions, Oklahoma Natural Gas, Kansas Gas Service and Texas Gas Service, distribute natural gas to approximately 88%, 72% and 13% of the natural gas distribution customers in Oklahoma, Kansas and Texas, respectively. As of December 31, 2016, the Company had 50.4 billion cubic feet (Bcf) of natural gas storage capacity under lease with remaining terms ranging from 1 to 10 years and maximum allowable daily withdrawal capacity of approximately 1.3 Bcf.

#3 - Hugo Boss (OTCMKTS:BOSSY)

Consensus Rating: Hold
Rating Score: 1.5
Ratings Breakdown: 0 Buy Ratings, 1 Hold Ratings, 1 Sell Ratings.
Consensus Price Target: N/A

Hugo Boss logoHUGO BOSS AG, together with its subsidiaries, develops, markets, and distributes fashion and accessories for men and women worldwide. It offers classic to modern apparel, eveningwear, sportswear, shoes, and leather accessories, as well as licensed fragrances, eyewear, watches, children’s fashion, home textiles, and writing instruments. The company markets and sells its products under the BOSS, BOSS Orange, BOSS Green, and HUGO brand names through online stores, freestanding stores, and shop-in-shops with approximately 7,700 points of sale. HUGO BOSS AG was founded in 1924 and is headquartered in Metzingen, Germany.

#4 - Kearny Financial (NASDAQ:KRNY)

Consensus Rating: Sell
Rating Score: 1.0
Ratings Breakdown: 0 Buy Ratings, 0 Hold Ratings, 1 Sell Ratings.
Consensus Price Target: $13.50 (1.5% Upside)

Kearny Financial logoKearny Bank is principally engaged in the business of attracting deposits from the general public at its 41 locations in New Jersey and using these deposits, together with other funds, to originate or purchase loans for its portfolio and invest in securities. Loans originated or purchased by the Bank generally include loans collateralized by residential and commercial real estate augmented by secured and unsecured loans to businesses and consumers. The investment securities purchased by the Bank generally include United States agency mortgage-backed securities, United States government and agency debentures and bank-qualified municipal obligations.

#5 - Wipro (NYSE:WIT)

Consensus Rating: Sell
Rating Score: 1.2
Ratings Breakdown: 0 Buy Ratings, 1 Hold Ratings, 4 Sell Ratings.
Consensus Price Target: $277.00 (4,909.0% Upside)

Wipro logoWipro Limited (Wipro) is a global information technology (IT) services provider. It operates through two segments: IT Services and IT Products. The Company's IT Services business provides a range of IT and IT-enabled services, which include digital strategy advisory, customer centric design, technology consulting, IT consulting, custom application design, development, re-engineering and maintenance, systems integration, package implementation, global infrastructure services, analytics services, business process services, research and development and hardware and software design. The IT Products segment provides a range of third-party IT products, which allows it to offer IT system integration services. Its products include computing, Platforms and Storage, Networking Solutions, Enterprise Information Security, and software products, including databases and operating systems. The Company is a reseller of third-party enterprise products through its direct sales force.

#6 - Stada Arzneimittel (OTCMKTS:STDAF)

Consensus Rating: Sell
Rating Score: 1.0
Ratings Breakdown: 0 Buy Ratings, 0 Hold Ratings, 2 Sell Ratings.
Consensus Price Target: N/A

Stada Arzneimittel logoSTADA Arzneimittel Aktiengesellschaft engages in the development and marketing of active pharmaceutical ingredients for the health care and pharmaceutical markets worldwide. It operates through two segments, Generics and Branded Products. The Generics segment provides various generic active ingredients, including Tilidine naloxone for pain; Atorvastatin for elevated cholesterol levels; Pantoprazole for stomach ulcer/reflux; Diclofenac for pain/inflammation; and Enalapril for high blood pressure indications. The Branded Products segment offers APO-Go a Parkinson’s medicine; Aqualor for rhinitis/sore throat; Grippostad a cold medicine; Snup for rhinitis; and Vitaprost for prostate disease indications, as well as Ladival a sun protection product. The company is also involved in the wholesale activities in the pharmaceutical market. It serves patients and consumers, doctors, pharmacies and pharmacy chains, hospitals, mail-order companies, buying groups, wholesalers, and other service providers in the health care market, as well as public or private health insurance organizations. STADA Arzneimittel Aktiengesellschaft was founded in 1895 and is headquartered in Bad Vilbel, Germany.

#7 - Stage Stores (NYSE:SSI)

Consensus Rating: Hold
Rating Score: 1.5
Ratings Breakdown: 0 Buy Ratings, 1 Hold Ratings, 1 Sell Ratings.
Consensus Price Target: $1.00 (-47.4% Upside)

Stage Stores logoStage Stores, Inc. operates specialty department stores mainly in small and mid-sized towns and communities. The Company's department stores offer a range of brand name and private label apparel, accessories, cosmetics, footwear and home goods. The Company operates approximately 830 specialty department stores in over 40 states under the BEALLS, GOODY'S, PALAIS ROYAL, PEEBLES and STAGE nameplates and a direct-to-consumer business. The Company's direct-to-consumer business consists of its e-commerce Website and Send program. The Company's e-commerce Website includes a range of merchandise categories found in its stores, as well as other product offerings. The Company's in-store Send program allows customers to have merchandise shipped directly to their homes if the preferred size or color is not available in their local store. The Company's private label portfolio brands are developed and sourced through agreements with third-party vendors.

#8 - Seritage Growth Properties (NYSE:SRG)

Consensus Rating: Hold
Rating Score: 1.5
Ratings Breakdown: 0 Buy Ratings, 1 Hold Ratings, 1 Sell Ratings.
Consensus Price Target: $43.00 (4.6% Upside)

Seritage Growth Properties logoSeritage Growth Properties (Seritage) is a self-administered and self-managed real estate investment trust. The Company is engaged in the acquisition, ownership, development, redevelopment, management and leasing of diversified retail real estate throughout the United States. Its assets are held by and its operations are primarily conducted through, directly or indirectly, Seritage Growth Properties, L.P. (Operating Partnership). As of December 31, 2016, the Company's portfolio included approximately 42.2 million square feet of gross leasable area (GLA), consisting of 235 owned properties totaling over 36.8 million square feet of GLA across 49 states and Puerto Rico, and interests in 31 joint venture properties totaling over 5.4 million square feet of GLA across 17 states. As of December 31, 2016, it included over 3,000 acres of land or approximately 13 acres per site for its owned properties. Its properties are primarily located in areas, including in California, Florida and Texas.

#9 - Yingli Green Energy (NYSE:YGE)

Consensus Rating: Sell
Rating Score: 1.0
Ratings Breakdown: 0 Buy Ratings, 0 Hold Ratings, 2 Sell Ratings.
Consensus Price Target: $2.00 (23.5% Upside)

Yingli Green Energy logoYingli Green Energy Holding Company Limited is a solar panel manufacturer. The Company's manufacturing covers the photovoltaic value chain from ingot casting and wafering through solar cell production and solar panel assembly. The Company's end products include photovoltaic (PV) modules and PV systems of different sizes and power outputs. The Company sells PV modules under its own brand names, Yingli and Yingli Solar, to PV system integrators and distributors located in various markets around the world, including China, Japan, the United States, the United Kingdom, Chile, Algeria, Germany, France, South Africa, Turkey and Honduras. The Company's products and services include the manufacture of polysilicon ingots and wafers, PV cells, PV modules and integrated PV systems, and the development and operation of solar projects. The Company produces approximately 800 kilogram multi-crystalline polysilicon ingots. The Company's PV modules have output ranging from 250 to 340 watts.

#10 - UGI (NYSE:UGI)

Consensus Rating: Hold
Rating Score: 1.5
Ratings Breakdown: 0 Buy Ratings, 1 Hold Ratings, 1 Sell Ratings.
Consensus Price Target: $46.50 (5.3% Upside)

UGI logoUGI Corporation is a holding company. The Company distributes, stores, transports and markets energy products and related services. It operates through six segments. The AmeriGas Propane segment consists of the propane distribution business of AmeriGas Partners, L.P. The UGI France segment consists of the French LPG distribution business of its subsidiaries, Antargaz, Finagaz and its liquefied petroleum gases (LPG) distribution businesses. The Flaga & Other segment consists of the LPG distribution businesses of Flaga GmbH, AvantiGas Limited and ChinaGas Partners, L.P. The Energy Services segment consists of energy-related businesses conducted by its subsidiary, UGI Energy Services, LLC (Energy Services). The Electric Generation segment consists of electric generation facilities conducted by Energy Services' subsidiary. The Gas Utility segment consists of the regulated natural gas distribution businesses of its subsidiary, UGI Utilities, Inc.

#11 - TICC Capital (NASDAQ:TICC)

Consensus Rating: Hold
Rating Score: 1.5
Ratings Breakdown: 1 Buy Ratings, 0 Hold Ratings, 3 Sell Ratings.
Consensus Price Target: $5.50 (-5.0% Upside)

TICC Capital logoTICC Capital Corp. is a closed-end, non-diversified management investment company. The Company's investment objective is to maximize its portfolio's total return. The Company primarily focuses on seeking current income by investing primarily in corporate debt securities. The Company's debt investments may include syndicated loans and bilateral loans. The Company holds interests in structured finance investments, including collateralized loan obligation (CLO) investment vehicles that own debt securities. CLO investments may also include warehouse facilities, which are financing structures intended to aggregate loans that may be used to form the basis of a CLO vehicle. The Company may also invest in publicly traded debt and/or equity securities. Its portfolio includes its investments in various industries, such as structured finance, telecommunication services, business services, printing and publishing, and financial intermediaries. TICC Management, LLC is its investment advisor.

#12 - United Microelectronics (NYSE:UMC)

Consensus Rating: Sell
Rating Score: 1.3
Ratings Breakdown: 1 Buy Ratings, 1 Hold Ratings, 7 Sell Ratings.
Consensus Price Target: $2.10 (-13.2% Upside)

United Microelectronics logoUnited Microelectronics Corporation is a global semiconductor foundry. The Company provides integrated circuit (IC) production for applications spanning every sector of the electronics industry. The Company operates through two segments: wafer fabrication and new business. The primary operating activity of the Company's wafer fabrication segment is the manufacture of chips to the design specifications of its customers by using its own processes and techniques. The new business segment primarily includes researching, developing, manufacturing, and providing solar energy and new generation light-emitting diode (LED). The Company maintains a customer base across various industries, including communication, consumer electronics, computer, memory and others, while focusing on manufacturing for applications, including networking, telecommunications, Internet, multimedia, personal computers (PCs) and graphics.

#13 - Buckle (NYSE:BKE)

Consensus Rating: Sell
Rating Score: 1.0
Ratings Breakdown: 0 Buy Ratings, 0 Hold Ratings, 1 Sell Ratings.
Consensus Price Target: $13.00 (-40.9% Upside)

Buckle logoThe Buckle, Inc. is a retailer of casual apparel, footwear and accessories for young men and women. As of January 28, 2017, the Company operated 467 retail stores in 44 states throughout the United States under the names Buckle and The Buckle. The Company markets a selection of brand name casual apparel, including denims, other casual bottoms, tops, sportswear, outerwear, accessories and footwear. The Company provides customer services, such as free hemming, free gift-wrapping, easy layaways, the Buckle private label credit card, and a guest loyalty program. The Company offers denims from brands, such as Miss Me, Rock Revival, Big Star Vintage, Buffalo Jeans, KanCan, Flying Monkey and Levi's. Its other brands include Hurley, Billabong, Affliction, American Fighter, Fast & Furious, Oakley, Fox, Puma, Obey, RVCA, Salvage, 7 Diamonds, Nixon, Amuse Society, Free People, White Crow, Corral, Reef, Kustom, Timberland, UGG, TOMS, SAXX, Stance, Lokai, Ray-Ban, and Fossil.

#14 - GNC (NYSE:GNC)

Consensus Rating: Sell
Rating Score: 1.4
Ratings Breakdown: 0 Buy Ratings, 3 Hold Ratings, 4 Sell Ratings.
Consensus Price Target: $7.30 (65.2% Upside)

GNC logoGNC Holdings, Inc. is a specialty retailer of health, wellness and performance products, which include protein, performance supplements, weight management supplements, vitamins, herbs and greens, wellness supplements, health and beauty, food and drink and other general merchandise. The Company's operations consist of purchasing raw materials, formulating and manufacturing products and selling the finished products. It operates in three segments: U.S. and Canada, International and Manufacturing/Wholesale. Its U.S. and Canada segment generates revenues primarily from sales of products to customers at its Company-owned stores in the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico, through its Websites, GNC.com and LuckyVitamin.com. Its International segment generates revenue primarily to its international franchisees. Its Manufacturing/Wholesale segment comprises its manufacturing operations in South Carolina and its wholesale partner relationships.

#15 - Hawaiian Electric Industries (NYSE:HE)

Consensus Rating: Sell
Rating Score: 1.3
Ratings Breakdown: 0 Buy Ratings, 1 Hold Ratings, 3 Sell Ratings.
Consensus Price Target: $31.67 (-6.3% Upside)

Hawaiian Electric Industries logoHawaiian Electric Industries, Inc. is a holding company with its principal subsidiaries engaged in electric utility and banking businesses operating primarily in the State of Hawaii. The Company's subsidiaries include Hawaiian Electric Company, Inc. (Hawaiian Electric) and ASB Hawaii, Inc. (ASB Hawaii). Its segments include Electric utility, Bank and Other. It operates its electric utility business through Hawaiian Electric and its subsidiaries, Hawaii Electric Light Company, Inc. (Hawaii Electric Light) and Maui Electric Company, Limited (Maui Electric). It operates its Bank segment through ASB Hawaii's subsidiary, American Savings Bank, F.S.B. (ASB). Its electric public utilities are in the business of generating, purchasing, transmitting, distributing and selling electric energy. ASB is a federally chartered savings bank providing a range of banking services to individual and business customers.

#16 - Kronos Worldwide (NYSE:KRO)

Consensus Rating: Hold
Rating Score: 1.7
Ratings Breakdown: 0 Buy Ratings, 2 Hold Ratings, 1 Sell Ratings.
Consensus Price Target: $24.00 (-0.5% Upside)

Kronos Worldwide logoKronos Worldwide, Inc. (Kronos) is a producer and marketer of titanium dioxide (TiO2) pigments, a base industrial product that is used in a range of applications. The Company, along with its distributors and agents, sells and provides technical services for its products with sales in Europe and North America. It offers its customers a portfolio of products that include TiO2 pigment grades under the Kronos brand, which provides a range of performance properties. It offers its products to domestic and international paint, plastics, decorative laminate and paper manufacturers. It ships TiO2 to its customers in either a powder or slurry form through rail, truck or ocean carrier. It sells and provides technical services for its products in three end use markets, which include coatings, plastics and paper. It produces TiO2 in two crystalline forms, which include rutile and anatase. Rutile TiO2 is manufactured using both a chloride production process and a sulfate production process.

#17 - Nordic American Tanker (NYSE:NAT)

Consensus Rating: Hold
Rating Score: 1.9
Ratings Breakdown: 1 Buy Ratings, 4 Hold Ratings, 2 Sell Ratings.
Consensus Price Target: $2.75 (21.1% Upside)

Nordic American Tanker logoNordic American Tankers Limited is an international tanker company. The Company owns approximately 26 vessels, including approximately two new buildings under construction, of approximately 156,000 deadweight tonnage (dwt) each. The Company's Suezmaxes tankers can carry over one million barrels of oil. The vessels in the Company's fleet are homogenous and interchangeable. The Company's vessels are employed in the spot market. The Company's vessels include Nordic Harrier, Nordic Hawk, Nordic Hunter, Nordic Voyager, Nordic Fighter, Nordic Freedom, Nordic Discovery, Nordic Saturn, Nordic Jupiter, Nordic Moon, Nordic Apollo, Nordic Cosmos, Nordic Sprite, Nordic Mistral, Nordic Passat, Nordic Vega, Nordic Breeze, Nordic Zenith, Nordic Sprinter, Nordic Skier and Nordic Light.

#18 - Washington Prime Group (NYSE:WPG)

Consensus Rating: Hold
Rating Score: 1.5
Ratings Breakdown: 0 Buy Ratings, 1 Hold Ratings, 1 Sell Ratings.
Consensus Price Target: $8.00 (17.3% Upside)

Washington Prime Group logoWashington Prime Group Inc. (WPG Inc.), formerly WP Glimcher Inc., operates as a self-administered and self-managed real estate investment trust (REIT). The Company's primary business is the ownership, development and management of retail real estate within the United States. The Company owns, develops and manages enclosed retail properties and community centers. As of December 31, 2016, its assets consisted of material interests in 114 shopping centers in the United States, consisting of approximately 63 million square feet of gross leasable area. The Company also owns parcels of land, which can be used for either the development of new shopping centers or the expansion of existing properties. Washington Prime Group, L.P. is the Company's majority-owned partnership subsidiary that owns, develops and manages, through its affiliates, all of WPG Inc.'s real estate properties and other assets. Its properties include Irving Mall, Lindale Mall, Markland Plaza and Royal Eagle Plaza.

#19 - Cobalt International Energy (NYSE:CIE)

Consensus Rating: Sell
Rating Score: 1.3
Ratings Breakdown: 0 Buy Ratings, 1 Hold Ratings, 2 Sell Ratings.
Consensus Price Target: $135.50 (35,557.9% Upside)

Cobalt International Energy logoCobalt International Energy, Inc. is an independent exploration and production company. The Company has its operations focused in the deepwater United States Gulf of Mexico. The Company also has a non-operated interest in the Diaba Block offshore Gabon in West Africa. The Company's exploration efforts in the United States Gulf of Mexico has resulted in four oil and natural gas discoveries including the North Platte, Shenandoah, Anchor and Heidelberg fields. The Heidelberg field commenced its production and the North Platte, Shenandoah and Anchor field are in various stages of appraisal and development. The Company has drilled nine exploratory wells, three appraisal wells and four development wells (one of, which was drilled to be used as a pressure-maintenance well in the Cameia development) in the northern pre-salt Kwanza Basin offshore Angola, and one exploratory well in the pre-salt deepwater region offshore Gabon.

#20 - RPX (NASDAQ:RPXC)

Consensus Rating: Hold
Rating Score: 2.0
Ratings Breakdown: 1 Buy Ratings, 1 Hold Ratings, 1 Sell Ratings.
Consensus Price Target: $14.33 (40.5% Upside)

RPX logoRPX Corporation is engaged in providing an alternative to litigation through its patent risk management services. The Company helps companies reduce patent litigation risk and corporate legal expense through two primary service offerings: patent risk management services and discovery services. It operates through two segments: patent risk management and discovery services. Its patent risk management segment generates its revenues from membership subscriptions, premiums earned from insurance policies, and management fees for marketing, underwriting, and claim management. Its discovery services segment generates its revenues from fees generated for data collection, hosting and processing, project management, and document review services. The Company serves clients in a range of industries, including consumer electronics, personal computers, e-commerce, financial services, software, media content and distribution, mobile communications and handsets, networking and semiconductors.







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