Who doesn't love a great comeback story? The same attraction goes for investors, many of which might be cheering for the rebound of nine stocks that have been down on their luck for half a decade.
There are nine stocks in the Standard & Poor's 500, including food processors Kellogg and Campbell Soup, energy company PG&E and garbage hauler Republic Services, that have lagged the market each and every one of the past five years on a price basis.
But if there's a bright spot, it's this: five of these nine "Bad News" stocks are beating the market this year. The biggest standout is PG&E, which has soared 13.6% this year, well above the 1.9% gain of the S&P 500. And that doesn't even include the company's current dividend yield of 4%.