By Louis Navellier of InvestorPlace



) -- Though the stock market has shown signs of life recently, including gains of +10% for the

Dow Jones

and +13% for the

S&P 500

in the last three months, financial stocks have largely been left out of the party. By contrast the

iShares Dow Jones US Financial Sector ETF

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is up less than +8%, and the

Financial Select Sector SPDR ETF

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is up about +7%.

The reasons aren't much of a mystery. With high unemployment, lending has dried up and foreclosures continue to plague the balance sheets of many financial stocks. While there are a few diamonds in the rough, there just isn't a lot of hope for these financial companies until broader economic issues improve.

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To protect your portfolio, here are four famous financial stocks you should sell immediately.

Bank of America (BAC)

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Bank of America

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as it's one of the biggest retail banking names in the U.S. Since January, this stock has been in hot water, dropping -22.7%, compared to gains for the broader stock market. While many of the Dow components have rallied since September, BAC stock has dropped -6.6% in that time. Despite posting EPS of $0.27 last quarter, experts have scaled back on their projections for this quarter and have posted an estimate of $0.24. Trading at $11.64, BAC is very close to its 52-week low of $10.91.

JPMorgan Chase (JPM)

JPMorgan Chase

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is a financial holding company with numerous bank subsidiaries. Over the past 12 months, this financial company has slid -4.4%, compared to gains by the broader markets. Things have not looked much better in the short term either, as JPM stock is down -2.5% in the last month. JPM stock is not considerably cheap with a stock price of $39.90 and a 52-week range of $35.16 to $48.20. Sell this stock before it does any more damage to your portfolio.

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Global Financial Institution


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offers banking, investments, life insurance and retirement services to its customers. After performing modestly for most of 2010, the stock has faltered lately. In the last month, ING has dropped -11.7%, leaving the stock with year to date returns of exactly 0%. If watching all of their yearly returns disappear in a month wasn't bad enough for shareholders, this financial stock also posted a quarterly earnings growth of -25.9% in its last income statement. ING is currently priced at $9.81, but should be sold immediately based on its recent performance.

CME Group (CME)

CME Group

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allows access for all asset classes for future products from a single electronic trading platform. Year-to-date, this stock has lost -6.9% compared to moderate gains by the broader markets. While CME has beaten earnings estimates two of the last three quarters, it has only been by a combined +1.5%; far from inspired performance. The fact that CME stock is priced at $312.83 should also scare away potential buyers. The risk of getting burned by this expensive stock is high. Sell now.

As of this writing, Louis Navellier did not own a position in any of the stocks named here.

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One of Wall Street's renowned growth investors, Louis Navellier is the editor of four investing newsletters: Emerging Growth (formerly known as MPT Review), Blue Chip Growth, Quantum Growth and Global Growth. His longest-running publication, Emerging Growth, has a track record of beating the market nearly 3 to 1. Navellier is the author of a BusinessWeek bestseller, "The Little Book That Makes You Rich," and the chairman and founder of Navellier & Associates, Inc.