This value stock became a Wall Street darling in the late-1990s, trading as high as 56 in early 2000. Over the following decade, it gradually fell behind and, by 2012, its stock had dropped below 3. Then in 2013 and early 2014, the company transformed itself once again by selling its certain operations and buying out its partner's interest in a network equipment joint venture. The company now has three main lines of business, and we believe that profits are on the rebound.
As we approach the sixth anniversary of the stock market bottom following the 2008-09 meltdown, we took a look at some of the stocks that have significantly lagged over that period. The stock market, as measured by the S&P 500, has risen more than 200% since March 9, 2009, but a number of interesting stocks have gone nowhere since then.
While we normally focus on individual stocks, from time to time we like to look at mutual funds that focus on turnarounds. Mutual funds can be attractive for many investors because a single fund can provide fairly broad diversification across a large number of stocks.
Most investors remember the severity of the 2009 market nosedive: The Dow's final closing price on March 9, 2009 was just 6,547.05, and the S&P 500 dropped to just 676.53. Looking back now with six years of hindsight under our belt, we recently took a look at some of the stocks that have significantly lagged over the six-year period since the March 9, 2009 low point for some unique value stock opportunities.
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George Putnam has always followed the same straight-forward and highly-profitable investment philosophy. He published his first Turnaround Letter issue back in 1986, and readers have seen extraordinary long-term stock profit ever since.
In fact, 12 of 2014's 13 closed-out purchase recommendations saw gains--with five of those enjoying total returns greater than 100%. The Turnaround Letter's average return for 2014's stock picks is +82%: