BOSTON ( TheStreet) -- The S&P 500 Index, the benchmark for U.S. stocks, is rising for a third consecutive year after a recession decimated corporate profits in 2008 and 2009.
But, some stocks are languishing, as their businesses are dogged by weaker demand from customers, higher energy prices or special circumstances.
The S&P 500 has fallen from a high of 1,343 on Feb. 18. Uprisings in the Middle East and an earthquake and ensuing nuclear calamity in Japan prompted the sell-off. Still, the stock market has regained a firmer footing in the past week, as investors were pleased by improvement in the U.S. job market.Top-Performing Energy Stocks Picked by Funds The following 10 S&P 500 stocks, the worst of 2011 so far, have fallen fast. Each has been hurt by a turn in sentiment related to business prospects. For opportunistic buyers, these equities may offer value. 10. Carnival (CCL) owns and operates cruise lines, including Princess and Holland American. Its stock soared 46% in 2010, but is down 16% this year. Adjusted fiscal first-quarter earnings increased 58% to 19 cents, matching the consensus estimate, as sales gained 10%. But, the stock tumbled nearly 5% in reaction to the report as management signaled that revenue would be lower than expected in 2011. Also, higher fuel costs hampered profit growth. A higher gasoline price not only raises Carnival's operating costs, but also deters Americans from taking vacations, as they have less discretionary income.