4 Loser Stocks Poised for Big Rebounds
Yet since the second quarter began, the market has done a 180. Even as earnings season was quite solid, macro-economic concerns have ruled the day. Fears of a Greek-led crisis have been spooking the markets, though the U.S. economy has done its part: It looked quite perky this past winter, but appears to be cooling off as employment trends weaken anew and analysts dim their view for both corporate and consumer spending for the rest of 2012.
In that light, a modest pullback in the market makes ample sense. Indeed the S&P 500 could soon arrive at a point that is 10% below its recent early April peak of 1419. A 10% drop is typically known as a "stock market correction," though we'd need to see a 20% drop from the peak to call it a bear market.
Still, many companies must feel as if they are in a bear market. Their stocks have fallen really sharply since the quarter began and in some instances, they now represent such deep value that they are popping up on investors' radars.
Here are four big losers in the second quarter of 2012 that could finish the year on a much brighter note.
Less than half a decade ago, this mega-bank was hurtling towards bankruptcy and needed a rescue from Uncle Sam. It's been a long road back, but Citigroup(C) is now far healthier: Profits are rising, book value is growing and the bank is now re-positioned to capture the growth prospects in the most dynamic regions of the globe.
As of the most recent quarter, Citigroup had assets (loans that are issued) of around $111 billion in Asia and Latin America. That's more than twice the figure of any other major American bank.