Janus Capital ( JNS): Once an investment management maverick in the 1990s, Janus is now an also-ran to the likes of Blackrock ( BLK), Franklin Resources ( BEN) and T. Rowe Price ( TROW). Pier One ( PIR): 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.