Wall Street's Pick and Pans


There are about as many market indicators out there as mosquitoes in a Florida swamp, and MoneyShow’s Tom Aspray looks at one investment strategy that some use as a contrarian indicator.

A quite interesting article from the weekend edition of the WSJ looked at the performance of stocks that are the most highly rated by Wall Street analysts. Last year’s stocks with the most buy ratings beat the performance of the S&P 500 by 4%.

The author, Brett Arends, points out that “buying the 10 most popular stocks each year would have brought you total losses of 11% over the past five years. Owning an index fund that simply tracked the S&P 500 instead would have been much better, earning a 9% profit. And buying the 10 least popular each year would have been better still, earning 16%.” Therefore it is not surprising that some investors use this data as a contrary indicator.

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This table reflects the 2013 picks and pans, and it should be understood that the majority of buy or sell recommendations from Wall Street analysts are based on fundamental not technical considerations.

Therefore, I wanted to take a look at all 10 stocks from a technical perspective using both monthly and weekly data to see which stocks looked the best from a technical perspective right now.