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6 Poorly Performing Stocks

- By Tiziano Frateschi

While gurus hold positions in these companies, the stock prices and returns continue to fall. The following are the worst-performing stocks over the last six months with a long-term presence in more than two gurus' portfolios.


Shares of Aceto Corp. (ACET) declined 93.06% over the last six months. The stock is held by two gurus.

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The drugmaker has a $5.86 million market cap. The stock is trading with a price-book ratio of 0.11. The share price of 19 cents is 97.53% below its 52-week high and 35.71% above its 52-week low.

Over the last 10 years, the price has fallen 97%. Over the last five years, the company's revenue has risen 4.30%. The return on equity of -211.13% and return on assets of -41.80% are underperforming 84% of companies in the Global Drug Manufacturers - Specialty and Generic industry.

The company's largest guru shareholder is Jim Simons (Trades, Portfolio)' Renaissance Technologies with 4.75% of outstanding shares, followed by Chuck Royce (Trades, Portfolio) with 1.53%.

Cloud Peak Energy Inc. (CLD) is held by two gurus. The stock tumbled 89.6% over the last six months.

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The coal producer has a market cap of $17.09 million. The stock is trading with a price-book ratio of 0.02. The share price of 23 cents is 94.50% below its 52-week high and 1.99% above its 52-week low. Over the past decade, the price has fallen 98%.

Over the last five years, the company's revenue has not changed. The return on equity of -0.71% and return on assets of -0.42% are underperforming 72% of companies in the Global Coal industry.

With 9.26% of outstanding shares, Simons' firm is the company's largest guru shareholder, followed by Donald Smith (Trades, Portfolio) with 0.58%.

Class A Shares of Berkshire Hathaway Inc. (BRK-A) declined 5.46% over the last six months. The stock is held by 23 gurus.

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The insurance conglomerate has a market cap of $503.47 billion. The share price of $309,000 is 8.53% below its 52-week high and 9.96% above its 52-week low. Over the past decade, it has returned 274%.

Over the last five years, the company's revenue has grown 5.20%. The return on equity of 1.13% and return on assets of 0.56% are outperforming 66% of companies in the Global Insurance - Diversified industry.

The company's largest guru shareholder is Tom Russo (Trades, Portfolio) with 0.27% of outstanding shares, followed by Chris Davis (Trades, Portfolio) with 0.27% and Ruane Cunniff (Trades, Portfolio) with 0.15%.

Markel Corp.'s (MKL) shares declined 16.11% over the last six months. The stock is held by eight gurus.

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The holding company has a market cap of $14 billion. The stock is trading with a forward price-earnings ratio of 27.03. The share price of $1,000 is 17.87% below its 52-week high and 6.17% above its 52-week low. Over the last 10 years, it has returned a gain of 309%.

Over the last five years, its revenue has grown 7.20%. The return on equity of -1.41% and return on assets of -0.39% are underperforming 71% of companies in the Global Insurance - Property and Casualty industry.

With 3.70% of outstanding shares, Chuck Akre (Trades, Portfolio) is the company's largest guru shareholder, followed by Davis with 1.77% and Simons' firm with 1.66%.

White Mountains Insurance Group Ltd. (WTM) declined 6.03% over the last six months. The stock is held by seven gurus.

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The financial services company has a $2.91 billion market cap. The stock is trading with a price-book ratio of 1.01. The share price of $920 is 6.31% below its 52-week high and 14.84% above its 52-week low. Over the past decade, it has returned 421%.

Over the last five years, its revenue has fallen 26.90%. The return on equity of -4.52% and return on assets of -4.06% are outperforming 89% of companies in the Global Insurance - Property and Casualty industry.

The company's largest guru shareholder is the Third Avenue Value Fund (Trades, Portfolio) with 0.84% of outstanding shares, followed by Simons' firm with 0.48% and Hotchkis & Wiley with 0.07%.

Texas Pacific Land Trust (TPL), which is held by four gurus, declined 41.5% over the last six months.

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The company has a market cap of $5.65 billion. The stock is trading with a price-earnings ratio of 27.03. The share price of $760 is 17.08% below its 52-week high and 78% above its 52-week low. Over the past decade, the stock has returned 3,595%.

Over the last five years, its revenue has grown 45.90%. The return on equity of 129.77% and return on assets of 111.99% are outperforming 100% of companies in the Global Real Estate - General industry.

With 23.30% of outstanding shares, Murray Stahl (Trades, Portfolio) is the company's largest guru shareholder, followed by Simons' firm with 0.09%, Steven Cohen (Trades, Portfolio) with 0.08% and Ken Fisher (Trades, Portfolio) with 0.01%.

Disclosure: I do not own any stocks mentioned.

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This article first appeared on GuruFocus.