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8 stocks that won't live to 2020

Under pressure from competitors and struggling to keep up with changing consumer demands, these companies are facing an uncertain future.

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Feb 10, 2013 3:13PM

Gamestop is overpriced, you can buy the same new games for $5-$10 cheaper on Amazon, not to mention a lot of people like myself usally wait 4-6 months after a game comes out to buy it for 1/2 or 3/4 the original price through online sellers like Steam.


Gamestop is a dead man walking.....

Feb 10, 2013 12:01PM
Home Depot has up graded thier tools with a life time warrenty . They are now sellig tools as good as Craftsman. This puts them in a good position when sears goes under.
Feb 10, 2013 11:57AM
How about this - all retail purchases are on-line or from your phone and the former big retailers are distributors who pack & deliver the product to your home.  That's where we're heading.  Thankk god I won't live to see it!
Feb 10, 2013 10:43AM
I don't like to see any store close or any company go down.  The United States is built on success not failure.. Once the cancer starts it will take us all down.. 
Feb 10, 2013 8:34AM

HP should clean out current management and start over ... Bring Back Mark Herd

Feb 10, 2013 6:41AM
The whole world is finished and will not servive much longer because of coroption, money, money, every one wants to rip each other off, greed is a terible thing, but you cant take your money with you. every one must die and all thease corupt people will pay for all their deeds good or bad.
Feb 9, 2013 6:30PM
So how can you run a headline saying these are stocks that won't make it to 2020 and then in the first sentence say they have an UNCERTAIN future?  I stopped reading right there.  It's hard to believe the sharpest tool in the shed is reporting here.
Feb 9, 2013 9:23AM
MSN is increasingly negative. Not a good source for empirical research.
Feb 9, 2013 9:08AM
when you go a to store at any given time there are several products are outdated, off the current trend/fad and taste. USA is a global store, at any given time there are several companies are off the current  trend and faces financial problems because of several reasons. We need to be focus our energy on top 50% of the companies with their products and services which contributes 90% of the GDP, stay away from this type of sky is falling news. 
Feb 9, 2013 1:25AM
Feb 9, 2013 12:29AM

radio****hould have been closed years ago bestbuy and apple store are where its at and its been that way for years now.................sry for the foul language but its another company who clearly has had deep pockets backing it for years with not interest for improvement........


Feb 8, 2013 11:39AM
To reduce HP to consumer PCs and declare PCs dead (and with that HP) has been fashionable among financial writes for years now. Business software, servers and databases won't run on Apple or Android or tablets or smartphones anytime soon. There are less PCs that sell because they've become so good that consumers and businesss don't replace them as often anymore. PCs don't see the dramatic innovations of the past anymore and hence they don't become outdated as fast anymore. Tablets and smart phones are a nice add-on for surfing the web on the road or from your couch. They are unlikely though to replace the PC as the main working device of those that have to work all day on a computer. Sure the PC & Laptop business has gotten smaller but to suggest that they'll go away and are replaced by tablets is just ridiculous. HP has a reputaion for solid quality and is still the first stop of any IT manager who's out shopping for a server. Their business laptops are by far the best on the market. I think they're far from dead.
Feb 8, 2013 11:13AM
HP, Lucent,, Radio Shack, Lehman Brothers....... list goes on and on! Lets just say it people, the United States is fading and our leaders are worried more about preventing the president from accomplishing anything than accomplishing anything! Divided we fall and that is where we are!
Feb 8, 2013 11:09AM
$938M should be plenty for RadioShack to reinvent itself as a different business with a different name as its present business model is outmoded and thus a goner. Warren Buffett gets over 100 proposals a day to buy ongoing businesses. RadioShack should talk to Warren.
Feb 8, 2013 10:09AM
Alcatel is behind the game in tech and r&d?  Seriously?

I stopped reading after that. 

Feb 8, 2013 10:06AM
Get your facts straight.  Alcatel is ahead of the game when it comes to R&D, everyone else has to play catch-up.  They simply need restructuring.
Feb 8, 2013 7:56AM
Very insightful, Steve. Many employers use the "Twenty Eighty Rule" to justify cuts in order to squeeze another penny for the stockholders.  The employers do not realize that, while 20% of the employees do most the work the business cannot operate without the mediocre 80%.  Furthermore, if the 80% is not relatively happy they can easily drag down the business via customer perception, unfriendly service, uncaring service, inept service and shrink. 

Employees resent it when company principles appear to care more for the stockholders, many of whom certainly have no interest in the company except for one return on investment than for the welfare and standard of living for the employee.   Employees will ask,  why bust my buns for some person who inherited well and has never worked a day in his life or come in early to open up the business or stayed late to resolve a business challenge?  Employees resent it when some person is appointed to the board and given a huge salary by most employee standards,  who may have never worked and who has definitely every lost an ounce of sweat of second of time in the business.  So, sure, there may be one sales person whose performance is off the charts; however, it makes no difference if the product is not in stock, or it is damaged in the warehouse, or the order was lost, or the billing was not correct, etc.  The reality is that 4 mediocre employees can more than offset the performance of one exception employee. 
The challenge for corporate management is to please the stockholders, the vendors, the employees and the customers.  Competent management can usually address all of these. 

Feb 7, 2013 11:56PM
Anybody employed with PBI is concerned too.
Feb 7, 2013 11:42PM
The diatribe I read is so negative about our country .  It is time we realize the vast potential of our country.  We have yet to scratch the surface.  The discontent is coming from people who are malcontent and with shortsighted vision or our future.  Our future will depend on fresh educated minds who live in foreign countries and see the USA for what it can be and will come to this country and bring their ideas and desire and make it prosper.  The Sears and the KMarts are relics of the past.  They had their chance and failed, but the need for them exists and there will be someone who takes their place.
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