10 worst-performing stocks of 2012

These 10 companies zigged while the overall market has zagged to a double-digit gain over the past 12 months.

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Dec 27, 2012 1:45PM
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how I'm happy to see University of Phoenix having trouble, they are nothing but a rip off

 

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i have owned several lap tops and desk tops so far. The one with the best rating from me is HP. It does look like the Japs and Koreans are taking over everything. But why must we keep helping our ship sink?  Think about it before you buy a new pc,car or anything else.
Dec 27, 2012 1:49PM
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I graduated from University of Phoenix over a year ago and still can't find a job with this useless degree. No wonder they're crashing and burning
Dec 27, 2012 2:02PM
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"10 clunkers that sunk in value", huh? I expect poor grammar from a celebrity gossip site, but not the stock market page.

 

"10 clunkers that SANK in value" is correct. Whoever does your headlines is appalling.

Dec 22, 2012 11:10PM
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I just purchased a new notebook computer.....Without a question.....HP is clearly the best out there....
Dec 27, 2012 2:21PM
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Not surprised by Best Buy. They always have more sales people than customers in the one in our town. My wife and I went in there looking at new gear a few months ago, and were virtually ignored by about 15 salespeople. About 8 of them were standing right next to us having a 'meeting'.  I said loud enough for all to hear, "I guess they don't want our business" and walked out. NOBODY said a thing when we came in or left. It was bizarre.
Dec 27, 2012 2:33PM
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HP used to make the best low-cost printers for home, but their quality has taken a nose-dive downhill in recent years.  Blame the "new age" of electronic media for their stock price declining if you want, but there's still a huge market for devices like printers IF they work well for longer than one year.  Installing print head technology that only performs well if you sell ink cartridges is a stupid way to conduct business.  I have no sympathy for this company or any other that operates this way.  Contrary to all those pundits in New York City "squawking" on CNBC, the main point in running a business well is not about stocks and shareholder value, it's customer satisfaction.
Dec 27, 2012 2:45PM
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How on Earth Radio Shack didn't make this list is completely beyond my understanding. There are some similarities with Best Buy's issues but RS has another whole thing going on. I quit over the drama and completely unrealistic numbers and quotas based on completely fabricated numbers and forecasts. The main reason though was the blatant requirement to lie to customers especially to the elderly and those whose primary language was not English. I reported it with evidence and surprise surprise they did nothing about it both at the district and corporate HR level. There is no one even steering the ship at this point. Worst company I ever worked for.
Dec 27, 2012 4:42PM
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I am rather disturbed that HP is on this list.  I've tried other brands of computers and they just don't match up to HP.  I've owned many HP desktops, then switched over to laptops.  I would rather pay a little more for an HP computer than switch to another brand.  Sorry they are having trouble.  Hope they pull out of it fast. I heard horrible rumors that they were discontinuing making laptops.  I certainly hope that the rumors are not true.
Dec 27, 2012 2:51PM
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Talking about Best Buy.  Aside from the total lack of any customer service, I was sucked in to the Geek Squad when I recently went from my XP to Widows 7, (which by the way who ever invented should be shot in my opinion).  I have never seen a company with such an overwhelming, unqualified Geek Squad.  At first it was good, then for what ever reason everyone who knew what they were doing seemed to vanish and now all you have are newbie geeks, literally hours of waiting to connect and wanting to charge extra for any instruction.  Add to that Microsoft not giving a crap about what you do or do not want on your computer, and the constant updates and lack of any real direction.  I hope Microsoft goes belly up.  I know Best Buy will and soon. 
Dec 27, 2012 3:54PM
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I don't have anything to say bad about either of those companies.  I am sorry to learn Best Buy and HP seem to be doing badly.  On a more positive note, I have an HP laptop with Windows7 installed and  so far it's been working fine.  My old laptop is Hp, too.  It was working fine until I damaged it.

 

Dec 27, 2012 3:17PM
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AMD doesn't belong on this list. If I was to build a PC I would be using AMD processor to build it. I also like ATI video graphics, so they are AMD too.

HP make some of the best laser printers out there, but other brands are giving them a run for the money. My wife uses one of their laptops and no problems either.

Best Buy? I don't have the problems that some have there and I've actually gotten some good deals there.

I think this is more a sign of the times out in the economy and the weaker companies are going to fail.

Dec 27, 2012 3:42PM
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I m hoping HP will get it right . THEY WILL . I m new on computers especially owning one 14 months. This model is HP , iit s a demo model from a store I trust . I known of HP printers for years . I rarely saw a repairman or tech servicing them . I trust that , quality . Sept of 2011 time of purchase . 8 months later a problem started to develop I sent it to HP ,. came back problem solved . ..Not so symptoms worsening .This time I also had a virus . sent it back . Main problem solved . Over the phone They took me thru necessary step n guided me to clearing ALL "glitches & virus ,etc . " Out of the box state  . "WOW I never knew about the machine s actual startup procedures . HP s staff of engineers were courteous and well versed and patient with me and taught a few things . I called the virus companies & such . Rita whose last mane i forgot I spoke with 2x , was a godsend .  I learned a lot from her about the machine s that day . ..If the top level folks are like that on a business level ., then no sweat . HP will bounce back . OH YES > The HP tech crews I spoke to and helped , are here in America ,

: La Verne , Tenn .             Guitar Dave

Dec 27, 2012 3:51PM
Dec 27, 2012 4:21PM
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I use for work for HP!!  Greedy B*stards!!  
Dec 27, 2012 4:30PM
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HP is going down for a reason, horrible nightmarish products and customer service that just aggravates you and pushes the customer away. It has been proven that a companies success is rendered through repetitive business and great customer service. HP failed time and time again to properly handle issues with their products and technical support. This is why they are sinking and will keep sinking unless they figure out a way to get back all the customers they scammed.

Yes, it's true that we must keep our own companies here in America and render everything we can in our own country to solve our financial and moral issues, but the unprofessionalism and greed has gone too far and now we are enduring the fruits of our labor just as HP is enduring theirs. I hope that Hp gets it together because they owe a lot of people and it's time to pay up!!! I was scammed by this company big time and I speak from experience just like the millions of people all around the country that have come forward to expose HP!!!

 

My purchase of a $3,500 dollar laptop turned into a hellish nightmare for 3 years. The laptop went in for a minor cosmetic repair on the screen and it came back to me with a downgraded mother board, less Ram memory than before and lots of performance issues. After 3 years of being with them on the phone and constantly being transferred to other techs that had no knowledge about service. They would do this until you became so mentally sick and would just give up. I believe it was their policy to get rid of complaining customers by transferring you to so many people that it finally became unbearable to deal with. The lead them out the backdoor policy!!!!  I hope Hp learns a valuable lesson from this.

Dec 27, 2012 3:55PM
Dec 27, 2012 2:18PM
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Meg Whitman canned over 27,00 workers within her first year at HP.  They don't call her mini Mitt for nothing.

 

 

"She has been at the helm of HP for almost a year now, and nobody is saying that HP wasn’t a troubled company, or that turning it around would be easy.  But her future plans for the company sounded a bit vague on this week’s

[W]hen we look at 2013, we’re going to tumble all of the pluses and the minuses. We’re going to put in the investments that we think are required, and yet we have to have a cost structure that allows us to win in the marketplace. So, we’ll have a crisp view of that by 2013.”

“Crisp view?” Is that oligarch-speak for “bumpy ride?”

 

If she does indeed know where she’s going, she’s doing a crappy job of communicating it — a critically important quality in someone who wanted a job inspiring confidence in voters.  “Governor Meg” was a bullet well-dodged."

Dec 27, 2012 2:39PM
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Do yourself a big favor...stay away from World Group Securities (WGS)....nothing but crooks who have had massive fines from SEC and many state Attorney generals.
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