Don’t Buy Stocks That Make ‘The Most-Admired Companies’ List

Why hated companies are the stocks you want to love

by Mark Hulbert
Market Watch

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (MarketWatch) — Fortune magazine earlier this month identified Apple as the most admired company in America. Investors may want to sell.

You read that right: Companies that are as popular as Apple often have difficulty living up to investors’ expectations.

This certainly has been the case over the past year: The stock of the most admired company in last year’s Fortune ranking (which, like this year, also was Apple) is 16% lower today than then, according to FactSet. The S&P 500 meanwhile, is down 3%.

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