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5 Popular Stocks to Avoid in 2021

2021 is shaping up to be a breakout year for stocks.

Some stocks, at least.

A lot more stocks will struggle.

We're here to make sure they don't wind up weighing down your portfolio.

The pandemic has accelerated changes in how we live and do business.

That's been great for some companies, like Zoom Communications (NASDAQ: ZM).

It's going to get a lot worse for some other stocks.

These will be stocks to avoid in 2021.

And we'll show you not only how to find these stocks on your own, but we'll show you five stocks to steer clear of too.



What the Capital One Data Breach Means for Your Money

The Capital One data breach resulted in 106 million credit card customers and applicants having their data compromised.

The Wall Street Journal said this was one of the “largest-ever breaches of a big bank.”

Crazy enough, we had just finished publishing a story on our top cybersecurity stock before the news broke.

And after the Capital One hack, that stock shot up…

And after the Capital One hack, that stock shot up...


Buy, Sell or Hold: SAIC's Two-for-One Sale

SAIC, Inc. (NYSE:SAI), the 7th largest government contractor, primarily provides both national and cyber security to the federal government. The company also implements and runs complex software and technological solutions for the health care and energy industries.

SAIC has a market capitalization of over $5 billion and has more than 38,000 employees. Its clientele includes the Department of Defense, Homeland Security and rest of the intelligence community.

These previously free-spending customers are under pressure to lower expenditures due to issues surrounding budget sequestration. But, even with the sequestration issue at the forefront, SAIC is managing to thrive.

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Buy, Sell or Hold: Is Sysco Eating Up the Competition?

You call to make reservations at that new and trendy restaurant.  Can you guess who the restaurant called prior to opening its doors?  Chances are the first call it made was to Sysco Corporation (NYSE: SYY).

Sysco's by far and away the leading provider of food to the restaurant industry. The company has an 18% share in a $235 billion dollar industry in the U.S., Canada and Ireland.

Sysco provides the restaurateur everything he needs – from high-quality chef ingredients to Styrofoam cups. It serves more than 400,000 customers and has over 180 distribution centers.

Shareholders have been rewarded by Sysco's fine execution of its business plan as it breaks above new multi-year highs.

However, there is something strange afoot.

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Buy, Sell or Hold: After the 44% Sell Off, Is Coeur Mining a Solid Buy Now?

As Money Morning readers, you're all too familiar with the reasons gold and silver are a necessary part of your portfolio.

Precious metals are one of the only practical hedges against political upheaval, a falling economy and the monetary debasement that is going on around the world.

So when subscriber, Elke B. suggested I review Coeur Mining Inc. (NYSE: CDE), I knew I didn't have to reinvent the wheel.

Because given the current wall of worry, the long-term future of silver and gold prices still looks bright.

And with the largest U.S.-based silver miner and a growing gold miner like Coeur down 44% since Jan. 1., I thought Elke might be onto something of a solid rebound play.

But to find out, I needed to dig a little deeper. Here's what I found…

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Buy, Sell or Hold: After a 950% Run, Is Under Armour Overheated?

When was the last time you sat in the stands at a local high school or grade school ball game? 

If you did, it would be impossible not notice all of the kids decked out in Under Armour Inc. (NYSE: UA) gear.

Based in Baltimore, Md., Under Armour is one of the fastest-growing brands in the country with a 60% share of a $3 billion dollar market.   

A leader in synthetic performance apparel, the company has built its reputation by delivering high-quality, technologically advanced clothing that keep athletes cool, dry and light.

More importantly, it has taken the current vogue generation by storm as something cool, cutting-edge and a must-have for a "serious" athlete.

But is Under Armour just "the latest thing" or "must-have" for your portfolio as well?

Let's take a look….

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Buy, Sell or Hold: Is United Parcel Service Delivering for Investors?

We all know United Parcel Service (NYSE: UPS) as the guys in the big brown trucks.

There's a reason why they are always in such a hurry: They handle over 16 million packages a day worldwide.

But what you might not know is their business model goes well beyond just being the world's largest package delivery company.

With service to over 220 countries, the Atlanta-based company also offers Supply Chain Solutions, including freight forwarding, fulfillment and returns. 

So bringing a package to your door is just part of the story for "Big Brown" and its share price.

But before I tell you whether or not to buy this big name bellwether, let's take a look at what keeps the wheels spinning at UPS.

Online Shopping is the 'Driver'

Despite the ongoing saga with the struggling world economies, UPS has fared remarkably well, showing strength and resiliency rather than weakness.

Part of the reason is the robust growth of e-commerce in the U.S-which simply means more packages and higher sales.

In its most recent report, earnings per share for the first quarter were $1.04, up 4% year-over-year.  Domestic package revenues were $8.27 billion, growing 3.3% year-over-year while operating profit grew more than 9%. To the plus side, operating margin also expanded by 70 basis points.

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Buy, Sell or Hold: Now Is the Time To Target Smith & Wesson

When it comes to the firearms industry, throw out everything you know about investing.

In this industry, sales, cash flows, margins, 50-day moving averages and volume indicators just don't seem to matter.

When the Second Amendment is involved, high emotional responses are on full display.

So why should it be any different when it comes to a legendary firearms maker like Smith & Wesson (Nasdaq: SWHC)?

But old habits die hard, so before I go into what is truly driving the share price of Smith & Wesson, I can't possibly skip the boring stuff.

With gun sales going through the roof, let's take a look at whether or not this company has enough firepower to be part of your portfolio.