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5 Valentine’s Day Stocks to Love or Leave

All cater to the holiday's traditions, but only a couple deserve your affection

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Build-A-Bear: Leave It

What better way to say “I love you” than by going to a store, picking out the hide of a teddy bear, stuffing it, dressing it up and giving it to your love interest?

OK, fine, I can think of plenty of better ways to express affection. Still, stuffed animals are a go-to gift for many on Valentine’s Day.

Too bad Build-A-Bear (NYSE:BBW) is just about anything but a go-to stock.

The company has only posted a profit in three out of the past 15 quarters. BBW is expected to report a better quarter come Valentine’s Day (it reports Feb. 14), with expectations for a profit (hooray!) of 31 cents per share, but it also has a history of disappointing.

Two quarters ago the company was expected to lose 26 cents per share but lost 46, and last quarter it posted a surprise 26-cent loss against expectations that it would make 10 cents! In the most recent full year, the company lost 98 cents per share on a 2% slide in sales.

Analysts still expect a 47-cent loss for full-year 2012. That’s expected to improve in 2013 — to 15 cents in the red. You deserve better.

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