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Power Rankings: 5 Worst Performing Stocks

If you're a trader looking to buy laggards, we’re hearing it's almost time to pull the trigger.

That’s the word from BNY ConvergEx; they say the names mentioned below are all candidates.

Dean Foods
H&R Block
Apollo Group
Supervalu
Pulte Group

That's because these names could fall prey to tax-loss selling.

In other words, investors often dump underperformers year-end for tax losses to offset their winning investments.

The expectation is they will become oversold by year's end.

As a result, the firm recommends buying a basket of the stocks mentioned above and holding them for 4-6 weeks to take advantage of the subsequent "January effect."

Is this sound trading strategy or are these losers – losers for a reason?

Find out what the Fast Money traders have to say. Watch the video now!



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Trader disclosure: On December 6, 2010, following stocks and commodities mentioned or intended to be mentioned on CNBC’s "Fast Money" were owned by the "Fast Money" traders; Seymour Owns (AAPL), (BX), (CSCO); Terranova Owns (OIH), (UPL), (C), (PEP), (VRTS), (AAPL), (GS), (OXY), (NKE), (CMA), (PFE); Terranova Owns (FCX), (FCX) Puts; Adami Owns (AGU), (C), (GS), (INTC), (BTU), (NUE), (MSFT)

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Accounts Managed By Gartman Are Long Australian Dollar
Accounts Managed By Gartman Are Short Euro
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