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20 Stocks With the Potential to Drop

20 Stocks with the Potential to Drop
It's the basic question when investing in a stock: is it on the way up or down? To answer this question, the street has developed numerous ways of attempting to predict what will happen, estimating various attributes tied to stock performance in order to determine what the future holds for a company's valuation. After dissecting the data, analysts following a particular stock produce a price target of where they believe the stock is headed. With data from Thomson Reuters, CNBC.com took a look at
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It's the basic question when investing in a stock: is it on the way up or down?

To answer this question, the street has developed numerous ways of attempting to predict what will happen, estimating various attributes tied to stock performance in order to determine what the future holds for a company's valuation.

After dissecting the data, analysts following a particular stock produce a price target of where they believe the stock is headed. With data from Thomson Reuters, CNBC.com took a look at which stocks in the S&P 500 have average consensus estimates farthest below their stock prices.

According to the latest data, only 10 stocks, or about 2 percent of the index constituents, are expected to go down in value by 4 percent or more. And only 13 companies are trading within 1 percent of their respective price target estimates. The prices and analyst estimates presented here are as of the market close on June 8, 2011.
So, which stocks are analysts expecting to have the biggest pops? Click ahead to find out!

By Giovanny Moreano & Paul Toscano
Posted June 8 2011

20. Duke Energy (DUK)
Potential to Drop: -0.84%Mean Price Target: $18.31Closing Price (6/8): $18.46 Number of Analysts: 12 High Estimate: $19 Low Estimate: $17
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Potential to Drop: -0.84%
Mean Price Target: $18.31
Closing Price (6/8): $18.46

Number of Analysts: 12
High Estimate: $19
Low Estimate: $17

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19. Public Storage (PSA)
Potential to Drop: -1.04% Mean Price Target: $114.47 Closing Price (6/8): $115.68 Number of Analysts: 19 High Estimate: $125 Low Estimate: $94
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Potential to Drop: -1.51%
Mean Price Target: $114.47
Closing Price (6/8): $116.23

Number of Analysts: 19
High Estimate: $125
Low Estimate: $94

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18. Consolidated Edison (ED)
Potential to Drop: -1.10% Mean Price Target: $51.73 Closing Price (6/8): $52.30 Number of Analysts: 11 High Estimate: $57 Low Estimate: $46
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Potential to Drop: -1.58%
Mean Price Target: $51.73
Closing Price (6/8): $52.56

Number of Analysts: 11
High Estimate: $57
Low Estimate: $46

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17. Clorox (CLX)
Potential to Drop: -2.63% Mean Price Target: $65.60 Closing Price (6/8): $67.37 Number of Analysts: 15 High Estimate: $72 Low Estimate: $58
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Potential to Drop: -1.86%
Mean Price Target: $65.60
Closing Price (6/8): $66.84

Number of Analysts: 15
High Estimate: $72
Low Estimate: $58

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16. Forest Labs (FRX)
Potential to Drop: -2.03% Mean Price Target: $36.25Closing Price (6/8): $37 Number of Analysts: 20 High Estimate: $42 Low Estimate: $23
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Potential to Drop: -2.19%
Mean Price Target: $36.25
Closing Price (6/8): $37.06

Number of Analysts: 20
High Estimate: $42
Low Estimate: $23

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15. Progress Energy (PGN)
Potential to Drop: -1.76% Mean Price Target: $45.82 Closing Price (6/8): $46.64 Number of Analysts: 14 High Estimate: $49 Low Estimate: $40
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Potential to Drop: -2.30%
Mean Price Target: $45.82
Closing Price (6/8): $46.90

Number of Analysts: 14
High Estimate: $49
Low Estimate: $40

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14. Hormel Foods (HRL)
Potential to Drop: -1.09% Mean Price Target: $28.09 Closing Price (6/8): $28.40 Number of Analysts: 11 High Estimate: $32 Low Estimate: $22
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Potential to Drop: -2.63%
Mean Price Target: $28.09
Closing Price (6/8): $28.85

Number of Analysts: 11
High Estimate: $32
Low Estimate: $22

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13. AvalonBay Communities (ABV)
Potential to Drop: -3.31% Mean Price Target: $127.90 Closing Price (6/8): $132.28 Number of Analysts: 21 High Estimate: $150 Low Estimate: $89
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Potential to Drop: -3.56%
Mean Price Target: $127.90
Closing Price (6/8): $132.62

Number of Analysts: 21
High Estimate: $150
Low Estimate: $89

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12. Cintas Corp (CTAS)
Potential to Drop: -4.49% Mean Price Target: $30.29 Closing Price (6/8): $31.71 Number of Analysts: 7 High Estimate: $37 Low Estimate: $24
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Potential to Drop: -3.89%
Mean Price Target: $30.29
Closing Price (6/8): $31.51

Number of Analysts: 7
High Estimate: $37
Low Estimate: $24

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11. Eli Lilly (LLY)
Potential to Drop: -3.96% Mean Price Target: $35.79 Closing Price (6/8): $37.26 Number of Analysts: 14 High Estimate: $43 Low Estimate: $28
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Potential to Drop: -3.98%
Mean Price Target: $35.79
Closing Price (6/8): $37.27

Number of Analysts: 14
High Estimate: $43
Low Estimate: $28

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10. Pepco Holdings (POM)
Potential to Drop: -5.30% Mean Price Target: $18.44 Closing Price (6/8): $19.47 Number of Analysts: 4 High Estimate: $19 Low Estimate: $17
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Potential to Drop: -4.76%
Mean Price Target: $18.44
Closing Price (6/8): $19.36

Number of Analysts: 4
High Estimate: $19
Low Estimate: $17

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9. Equity Residential (EQR)
Potential to Drop: -4.46% Mean Price Target: $58.06 Closing Price (6/8): $60.77 Number of Analysts: 20 High Estimate: $67 Low Estimate: $45
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Potential to Drop: -4.78%
Mean Price Target: $58.06
Closing Price (6/8): $60.98

Number of Analysts: 20
High Estimate: $67
Low Estimate: $45

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8. Autonation (AN)
Potential to Drop: -6.78% Mean Price Target: $31.50 Closing Price (6/8): $33.79 Number of Analysts: 10 High Estimate: $35 Low Estimate: $25
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Potential to Drop: -4.78%
Mean Price Target: $31.50
Closing Price (6/8): $33.27

Number of Analysts: 10
High Estimate: $35
Low Estimate: $25

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7. Netflix (NFLX)
Potential to Drop: -5.85% Mean Price Target: $248.27 Closing Price (6/8): $268.69 Number of Analysts: 22 High Estimate: $316 Low Estimate: $80
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Potential to Drop: -5.33%
Mean Price Target: $248.27
Closing Price (6/8): $262.26

Number of Analysts: 22
High Estimate: $316
Low Estimate: $80

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6. Dominion Resources (D)
Potential to Drop: -4.80% Mean Price Target: $45.13 Closing Price (6/8): $47.40 Number of Analysts: 12 High Estimate: $50 Low Estimate: $38
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Potential to Drop: -5.38%
Mean Price Target: $45.13
Closing Price (6/8): $47.69

Number of Analysts: 12
High Estimate: $50
Low Estimate: $38

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5. Ameren Corp (AEE)
Potential to Drop: -6.67% Mean Price Target: $26.83 Closing Price (6/8): $28.75 Number of Analysts: 6 High Estimate: $29 Low Estimate: $23
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Potential to Drop: -6.44%
Mean Price Target: $26.83
Closing Price (6/8): $28.68

Number of Analysts: 6
High Estimate: $29
Low Estimate: $23

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4. Cephalon Inc (CEPH)
Potential to Drop: -6.48% Mean Price Target: $74.54 Closing Price (6/8): $79.70 Number of Analysts: 13 High Estimate: $82 Low Estimate: $48
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Potential to Drop: -6.48%
Mean Price Target: $74.54
Closing Price (6/8): $79.70

Number of Analysts: 13
High Estimate: $82
Low Estimate: $48

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3. National Semiconductor (NSM)
Potential to Drop: -8.4% Mean Price Target: $22.57 Closing Price (6/8): $24.64 Number of Analysts: 14 High Estimate: $25 Low Estimate: $12
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Potential to Drop: -8.21%
Mean Price Target: $22.57
Closing Price (6/8): $24.59

Number of Analysts: 14
High Estimate: $25
Low Estimate: $12

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2. Sears Holdings (SHLD)
Potential to Drop: -11.4% Mean Price Target: $59 Closing Price (6/8): $66.59 Number of Analysts: 4 High Estimate: $70 Low Estimate: $50
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Potential to Drop: -11.21%
Mean Price Target: $59
Closing Price (6/8): $66.45

Number of Analysts: 4
High Estimate: $70
Low Estimate: $50

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1. Nicor Inc. (GAS)
Potential to Drop: -17.27% Mean Price Target: $44.33 Closing Price (6/8): $53.59 Number of Analysts: 3 High Estimate: $52 Low Estimate: $38
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Potential to Drop: -17.27%
Mean Price Target: $44.33
Closing Price (6/8): $53.59

Number of Analysts: 3
High Estimate: $52
Low Estimate: $38

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