Janus Capital (JNS - Get Report): Once an investment management maverick in the 1990s, Janus is now an also-ran to the likes of Blackrock (BLK - Get Report), Franklin Resources (BEN - Get Report) and T. Rowe Price (TROW - Get Report).
Pier One (PIR - Get Report): Pier One has not generated positive earnings in years. When the whole world was trading down during a recession, everyone seemed to miss Pier One along the highways. What is saving this company is a lack of any significant amount of debt.
Sharper Image: Filed for bankruptcy.
Palm (PALM): Palm has had its up and downs. Right now it's on a roll, thanks to the smartphone boom -- that is to say, relative to itself. Compared with Apple (AAPL - Get Report) and Research In Motion (RIMM), Palm is rather insignificant. Time will be the true test for the company, but for now it has a reprieve.Circuit City: Filed for bankruptcy. Charter Communications: Filed for bankruptcy. Six Flags: Filed for bankruptcy. Washington Mutual: Declared insolvent and seized by the FDIC, Washington Mutual is now a part of JPMorgan's (JPM - Get Report) retail banking unit.