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5 Worst Blue Chips to Own Before Earnings

Bad things are looming for these behemoths of Wall Street

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ETFs to Buy - QQQQThe Dow Jones Industrial Average has had quite a year, with the blue-chip index adding about 14%.

That’s not quite as much as the S&P 500, of course, but keep in mind that the Dow also just gave itself a facelift by booting also-ran aluminum stock Alcoa (AA), fallen tech giant Hewlett-Packard (HPQ) and troubled financial stock Bank of America (BAC) and replacing them with some fresh faces.

Those watching the Dow might think that those laggards kicked out of the index are the worst blue chips Wall Street has to offer right now. However, a closer look at the Dow reveals five rather ugly components that still are holding back the index — and that investors should avoid if they want to profit in 2014.

The dogs of the Dow you should sell right now include Caterpillar (CAT), Walmart (WMT), IBM (IBM), Coca-Cola (KO) and Exxon Mobil (XOM).

Here’s why these are all big-time stocks to sell:

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