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6 Poorly Performing Stocks in Gurus' Portfolios

- By Tiziano Frateschi

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


Shares of Gilead Sciences Inc. (GILD) declined 12.81% over the last six months. The stock is held by 23 gurus.

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The company, which develops therapies to treat life-threatening infectious diseases, has a $80.25 billion market cap. The stock is trading with a price-earnings ratio of 15.13. The share price of $63 is 20.93% below its 52-week high and 4.36% above its 52-week low.

Over the last 10 years, the stock has gained 187.57%. Over the last five years, the company's revenue has grown 17.20%. The return on equity of 25.50% and return on assets of 8.29% are outperforming 79% of companies in the Drug Manufacturers - Major industry.

The company's largest guru shareholder is Dodge & Cox with 1.30% of outstanding shares, followed by Jim Simons (Trades, Portfolio)' Renaissance Technologies with 0.42% and the T Rowe Price Equity Income Fund (Trades, Portfolio) with 0.28%.

Marathon Petroleum Corp. (MPC) is held by 22 gurus. The stock tumbled 16.20% over the last six months.

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The independent oil refiner has a market cap of $40.23 billion. The stock is trading with a price-earnings ratio of 11.24. The share price of $61 is 32.38% below its 52-week high and 10.17% above its 52-week low. Over the past decade, the stock has climbed 206.72%.

Over the last five years, the company's revenue has grown 0.50%. The return on equity of 14.73% and return on assets of 4.80% are outperforming 61% of companies in the Oil and Gas Refining and Marketing industry.

With 1.96% of outstanding shares, Andreas Halvorsen (Trades, Portfolio) is the company's largest guru shareholder, followed by Sarah Ketterer (Trades, Portfolio) with 0.34% and Hotchkis & Wiley with 0.27%.

Shares of Medtronic PLC (MDT) declined 9.05% over the last six months. The stock is held by 20 gurus.

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The company, which develops therapeutic medical devices, has a market cap of $112.95 billion. The stock is trading with a price-earnings ratio of 33.03. The share price of $85 is 15.91% below its 52-week high and 7.57% above its 52-week low. Over the past decade, it has returned 170.11%.

Over the last five years, the company's revenue has grown 6.90%. The return on equity of 9.81% and return on assets of 5.42% are outperforming 58% of companies in the Medical Devices industry.

The company's largest guru shareholder is Barrow, Hanley, Mewhinney & Strauss with 0.89% of outstanding shares, followed by the Vanguard Health Care Fund (Trades, Portfolio) with 0.79% and Pioneer Investments (Trades, Portfolio) with 0.58%.

Shares of FedEx Corp. (FDX) declined 9.67% over the last six months. The stock is held by 22 gurus.

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The courier service has a market cap of $51.63 billion. The stock is trading with a price-book ratio of 2.62. The share price of $195.98 is 25.69% below its 52-week high and 31.28% above its 52-week low. Over the last 10 years, it has returned a gain of 287.92%.

Over the last five years, its revenue has grown 12.30%. The return on equity of 18.78% and return on assets of 6.89% are outperforming 85% of companies in the Integrated Shipping & Logistics industry.

With 6.11% of outstanding shares, Dodge & Cox is the company's largest guru shareholder, followed by PRIMECAP Management (Trades, Portfolio) with 5.77% and Bill Gates (Trades, Portfolio)' foundation trust with 1.16%.

Pfizer Inc. (PFE) declined 10.57% over the last six months. The stock is held by 22 gurus.

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The pharmaceutical company has a $218.63 billion market cap. The stock is trading with a forward price-earnings ratio of 21.17. The share price of $39.98 is 15.26% below its 52-week high and 14.28% above its 52-week low. Over the past decade, it has returned 189.77%.

Over the last five years, its revenue has grown 3.90%. The return on equity of 16.12% and return on assets of 6.73% are outperforming 87% of companies in the Drug Manufacturers - Major industry.

The company's largest guru shareholder is Ken Fisher (Trades, Portfolio) with 0.75% of outstanding shares, followed by Barrow, Hanley, Mewhinney & Strauss with 0.56% and Pioneer Investments with 0.33%.

Shares of General Electric Co. (GE), which is held by 22 gurus, declined 21.51% over the last six months.

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The industrial conglomerate, which is involved in power, oil and gas and renewable energy, has a market cap of $81.44 billion. The stock is trading with a price-book ratio of 2.63. The share price of $9.35 is 40.03% below its 52-week high and 40.39% above its 52-week low. Over the past decade, the stock has fallen 14.28%.

Over the last five years, its revenue has not changed. The return on equity of -47.95% and return on assets of -6.58% are underperforming 95% of companies in the Diversified Industrials industry.

With 1.15% of outstanding shares, Barrow, Hanley, Mewhinney & Strauss is the company's largest guru shareholder, followed by Hotchkis & Wiley with 0.97% and Richard Pzena (Trades, Portfolio) with 0.73%.

Disclosure: I do not own any stocks mentioned.

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