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The S&P’s 7 Worst Stocks of 2013 Through Q3

Whether by business trend or by individual blunder, these stocks find themselves in the S&P cellar

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QuarterlyReviewOutlook185It has been a heck of a year for the S&P 500, with the benchmark index up about 19% so far in 2013 as we close the books on the third quarter.

Unfortunately, just because the broader market is up strongly doesn’t mean that all companies are caught up in the buying party. In fact, a number of investments have struggled mightily this year even as things are looking up across most of Wall Street.

Each one of these duds has a different story, but the bottom line is that when industry-wide pressures conspire with poor management and execution … the results are downright ugly for investors.

Here are the 7 worst stocks in the S&P 500 so far this year, down 20% or more during the first nine months of the year:

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