What are Wall Street’s most hated stocks? Well if you care about what the “smart money” is saying right now, the ugly ducklings of the investment world are Sears (NASDAQ:SHLD), Washington Post Co. (NYSE:WPO), Lexmark (NYSE:LXK), Federated Investors (NYSE:FII) and Hormel Foods (NYSE:HRL).
According to Factset, these picks all have more than 35% of analysts rating them a sell. And considering that most Wall Street experts are reluctant to upset their corporate sugar daddies by being too critical, it’s quite telling that such a high percentage of people are on the record against these companies (here’s a closer look at three in particular).
After all, Factset reports that of the more than 10,500 ratings on S&P 500 stocks heading into 2012, 54% were buy ratings, 42% were holds, and a measly 4% were sell ratings.
Some like Sears and WaPo have zero analysts on the buy side, too, making the argument even more compelling that these companies are cooked.
Check out this video from Yahoo! Finance’s “The Breakout” for more details on the FactSet data and these stocks.