As a Money Morning Member, you'll get our top financial news stories delivered straight to your inbox – every weekday morning.
Cancel at any time | How it works
Welcome to Money Morning - Only the News You Can Profit From.
Private Briefingwith WILLIAM PATALON III, Executive Editor
Not a member yet? Right now, you can get exclusive access to the 7 Best Stocks to Own in 2014. Click here.
Click here to get exclusive access to the 7 Best Stocks to own in 2014.
Members log in:
Not a member yet? Sign up here or learn more.
Chief Investment Strategist
33-year seasoned market analyst and professional trader with highly accurate track record. Specialty in global markets.
Global Energy Strategist
35-year expert in oil and gas policy, risk assessment, and emerging market economic development.
Capital Wave Strategist
30-year CBOE trader, market maker, and retired hedge fund honcho. Helped launch the Volatility Index in 1993.
20-year commodity guru and portfolio advisor. Top authority on metals + mining stocks. Head- quartered in Canada.
Defense + Tech Specialist
30-year veteran of tech markets with a Rolodex of Silicon Valley CEOs. Pulitzer nominee. Uncovered rare earths crisis.
30-year veteran analyst of business, economics, and financial markets. Award-winning author of "Contrarian Investing."
The bankruptcy of Hostess Brands is just the latest example of once-famous U.S. companies that have gone out of business.
History's dustbin is full of familiar brands that are now extinct, including Studebaker, Woolworth's and Braniff.
Analysts blame changing consumer tastes for the plunging sales of Wonder Bread and Twinkies that led to Hostess Brands' demise.
Most companies fail because management keeps trying to sell the same products, using the same marketing and business model, long after the products have hit the skids.
So which famous brands might not be around much longer?
Here are four U.S. brands that have fallen so far behind the competition they are in danger of disappearing in the near future.
1. Sears Holdings Corp. (NASDAQ: SHLD)
Sears has a proud history of pioneering markets and once dominated retail with its catalogs.
But in 2005, a buyout of Sears and discount retailer Kmart by fund manager Eddie Lampert spawned a spate of management missteps.
Sears and Kmart, with more than 3,000 stores in the United States, have been unable to compete against other low-cost retail chains like Wal-Mart Stores Inc. (NYSE: WMT) and Target Corp. (NYSE: TGT).
Sears sales have been on a downward spiral for years. In fact, Sears has posted 23 straight quarters of declining same-store sales.
Meanwhile, Lampert has shown himself to be remarkably tone-deaf.
He recently bought a $40 million home north of Miami about the same time Sears decided to sell 1,200 stores and close another 173.
In 2011, Sears' American Customer Satisfaction Index score was 76 out of 100. Only Wal-Mart received a lower score.
Stockholders have shown their dissatisfaction with Sears. Shares have declined from about $180 to the low $40's.
2. RadioShack Corp. (NYSE: RSH)
At a time when more Americans are doing more of their shopping online, RSH clings to its traditional, brick-and-mortar retail store model.
The remaining content is exclusively for Money Morning subscribers. To gain access, enter your email address: