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5 Toxic Stocks to Sell Now

Stocks in this article: LOW ALB PT USMO KYAK

Lowe's

I'll be honest: I like Lowe's (LOW - Get Report) from a fundamental standpoint. But that isn't stopping this $31 billion home improvement stock from showing up on our list of toxic names right now.

Of all the names we're looking at, Lowe's is the least worst. By that, I mean that it's merely a "don't buy" rather than a "sell now." Here's why:

Lowe's had been looking strong in 2012 -- in fact, shares have climbed up 4.6% since the start of the year. But that all changed back in early May when LOW topped and started moving lower. From a technical standpoint, Lowe's is currently forming a bearish descending triangle pattern, a setup that's formed by a horizontal support level (at $25) and downtrending resistance.

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Essentially, as shares of Lowe's bounce in between those two technical levels, this stock is getting squeezed closer and closer to a breakdown below $25. When that happens, overly eager sellers have knocked down the pocket of buyers that's caused that support level to exist. That's a sell signal for LOW.

Momentum, measured by 14-day RSI, may be making higher lows in the short-term, but overall, it's still in downtrend mode. Since momentum is a leading indicator of price, that's extra reason to keep your distance from shares.

If you're looking for a buying opportunity, I'd strongly recommend staying away unless shares can start making higher lows. Earnings on August 20 are the next big catalyst to wait for.

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