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6 Poorly Performing Stocks in Gurus' Portfolios

- By Tiziano Frateschi

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


Shares of Mylan NV (MYL) declined 20.6% over the last six months. The stock is held by 11 gurus.

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The pharmaceutical company has a $15 billion market cap. The stock is trading with a price-earnings ratio of 29.40. The share price of $28.77 is 35.64% below its 52-week high and 10.51% above its 52-week low.

Over the last 10 years, the price has climbed 152%. Over the last five years, the company's revenue has grown 6.30%. The return on equity of 4.26% and return on assets of 1.57% are underperforming 57% of companies in the Global Drug Manufacturers - Specialty & Generic industry.

The company's largest guru shareholder is the Vanguard Health Care Fund (Trades, Portfolio) with 6.03% of outstanding shares, followed by Richard Pzena (Trades, Portfolio) with 4.2%, John Paulson (Trades, Portfolio) with 2.23%, First Pacific Advisors (Trades, Portfolio) with 1.81% and Andreas Halvorsen (Trades, Portfolio) with 0.73%.

Calss A shares of Liberty Global PLC (LBTYA), which are held by 15 gurus, fell 14.3% over the last six months.

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The company provides telecommunication, broadband and cable network services. It has a market cap of $17.28 billion. The stock is trading with a forward price-earnings ratio of 55.25. The share price of $23.53 is 40.78% below its 52-week high and 18.36% above its 52-week low. Over the last 10 years, the price has climbed 274%.

Over the last five years, the company's revenue has not changed. The return on equity of -4.75% and return on assets of -0.52% are underperforming 91% of companies in the Global Pay TV industry.

With 2.63% of outstanding shares, Warren Buffett (Trades, Portfolio) is the company's largest guru shareholder, followed Dodge & Cox with 2.52% and David Herro (Trades, Portfolio) with 1.38%.

Shares of Axalta Coating Systems Ltd. (AXTA) declined 15.5% over the last six months. The stock is held by 14 gurus.

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The company, which manufactures high-performance paint and coatings systems, has a market cap of $6.1 billion. The share price of $25.54 is 23.30% below its 52-week high and 18.38% above its 52-week low. Over the past decade, it has returned a gain of 23%.

Over the last five years, the company's revenue has fallen 1.20%. While the return on equity of 5.36% is outperforming the sector, the return on assets of 1.03% is underperforming 73% of companies in the Global Specialty Chemicals industry.

The company's largest guru shareholder is Diamond Hill Capital (Trades, Portfolio) with 4.45% of outstanding shares, followed by Barrow, Hanley, Mewhinney & Strauss with 2.71% and First Pacific Advisors (Trades, Portfolio) with 1.4%.

Devon Energy Corp.'s (DVN) shares plummeted 39.4% over the last six months. The stock is held by 18 gurus.

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The company, which operates in the oil and gas sector, has a market cap of $12.57 billion. The stock is trading with a price-earnings ratio of 6.27. The share price of $26.85 is 42.31% below its 52-week high and 31.81% above its 52-week low. Over the last 10 years, it has returned a loss of 35%.

Over the last five years, its revenue has fallen 1.50%. The return on equity of 18.90% and return on assets of 5.84% are outperforming 71% of companies in the Global Oil and Gas E&P industry.

With 2.4% of outstanding shares, Paul Singer (Trades, Portfolio) is the company's largest guru shareholder, followed by Diamond Hill Capital with 2.02% and Barrow, Hanley, Mewhinney & Strauss with 1.18%.

Fifth Third Bancorp (FITB) declined 5.7% over the last six months. The stock is held by 13 gurus.

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The bank has a $17. 74 billion market cap. The stock is trading with a price-earnings ratio of 9.08. The share price of $27.43 is 20.88% below its 52-week high and 24.01% above its 52-week low. Over the past decade, it has returned a gain of 1,212%.

Over the last five years, its revenue has grown 3.60%. The return on equity of 12.85% and return on assets of 1.53% are outperforming 88% of companies in the Global Banks - Regional - U.S. industry.

The company's largest guru shareholder is the T Rowe Price Equity Income Fund (Trades, Portfolio) with 1.5% of outstanding shares, followed by Pzena with 0.64%.

Whiting Petroleum Corp. (WLL), which is held by 12 gurus, declined 41.5% over the last six months.

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The oil and gas company has a market cap of $2.55 billion. The stock is trading with a price-earnings ratio of 25.84. The share price of $28.5 is 50.33% below its 52-week high and 52.69% above its 52-week low. Over the last 10 years, the price has fallen 51%.

Over the last five years, its revenue has fallen 30.40%. The return on equity of -16.03% and return on assets of -8.31% are underperforming 76% of companies in the Global Oil & Gas E&P industry.

With 6.53% of outstanding shares, Hotchkis & Wiley is the company's largest guru shareholder, followed by Jim Simons (Trades, Portfolio)' Renaissance Technologies with 1.18% and Chuck Royce (Trades, Portfolio) with 0.44%.

Disclosure: I do not own any stocks mentioned.

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This article first appeared on GuruFocus.