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Should You Reduce Holdings of These 2 Stocks?

As of Sept. 24, the following companies have underperformed their industries as well as the S&P 500 Index.

Shares of these stocks have fallen so far this year, over the past year and past five years. In contrast, the S&P 500, which is the benchmark for U.S. stocks, has gained 18.3% so far this year, rose nearly 2% over the past year and more than 50% over the past five years.


These companies are also either not growing their dividend or are not paying one.

Additionally, the forward dividend yield and the trailing 12-month dividend yield are ranked lower than most of their competitors as well as the S&P 500.

These companies have received moderate sell recommendation ratings from analysts on Wall Street, increasing the likelihood they will continue to underperform in the coming weeks.

As a result, shareholders may want to consider reducing their positions in these stocks.

Shares of NIO Inc. (NYSE:NIO) have tumbled 66% so far this year, 71% over the last 52 weeks and 67.1% over the last five years through Tuesday.

The company does not pay a dividend.

Shares of NIO have a moderate sell recommendation rating and an average target price of $2.50.

The Chinese manufacturer of electric vehicles closed at $2.17 per share on Tuesday for a market capitalization of $2.28 billion.

The stock has a price-book ratio of 6.52 versus the industry median of 1.13, a price-sales ratio of 2.35 compared to the industry median of 0.58 and an enterprise value-Ebitda ratio of -1.91 compared to the industry median of 7.18.

The 14-day relative strength index of 31 indicates the stock is not far from oversold levels.

GuruFocus assigned a rating of 2.8 out of 10 for the company's financial strength and a 1 out of 10 rating for its profitability and growth.

Shares of United States Steel Corp. (NYSE:X) have declined 41.3% year to date, 64% over the past year and 74.2% over the past five years through Tuesday.

The quarterly dividend the Pittsburgh-based steel company paid on Sept. 10 to its shareholders was 5 cents per share, resulting in a trailing 12-month dividend per common share of 20 cents.

Based on the closing price on Tuesday, U.S. Steel's forward dividend yield is 1.81% versus the industry median of 3.16% and the trailing 12-month dividend yield is 1.85% compared to the industry median of 3.07%. The index yields 1.89%.

The forward dividend yield is ranked lower than 211 out of 293 companies operating in the steel industry. Similarly, the trailing 12-month dividend yield is ranked lower than 213 companies.

Wall Street issued a moderate sell recommendation rating for shares of U.S. Steel with an average target price of $10.75.

The stock closed at $10.71 per share on Tuesday for a market capitalization of $1.83 billion.

The stock has a price-earnings ratio of 1.91 compared to the industry median of 9.72, a price-book ratio of 0.44 versus the industry median of 0.72 and a price-sales ratio of 0.13 compared to the industry median of 0.31.

The 14-day relative strength index of 34 indicates the stock is approaching oversold levels.

GuruFocus assigned a moderate rating of 5.6 out of 10 for the company's financial strength and of 5 out of 10 for its profitability and growth.

Disclosure: I have no positions in any securities mentioned.

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