Everybody loves a good Cinderella story, where a shabby housemaid gets to be the belle of the ball.
But don’t forget that one of the most important parts of a Cinderella story is the graceful, well-timed exit. After all, nobody wants to be seen stumbling around in rags while their high-class wheels turn back into a pumpkin.
Keep this in mind if you’re sitting on some of these Cinderella stocks of 2013 that delivered a king’s ransom in profits … but really are just peasants dressed up in fancy clothes. If you get greedy and hang on to these picks too long, things may not end so happily ever after.
Here are five high-flying Cinderella stocks to sell before midnight strikes and they crash and burn: