BOSTON (TheStreet) -- Stocks trading under $5 have limited analysts' coverage, so it's not a good sign for investors when most researchers recommend dumping shares. The following five U.S. stocks trade at less than $5 and have garnered the biggest number of "sell" ratings, making them vulnerable to analysts' bearish views.

5. YRC Worldwide ( YRCW)

Company Profile: YRC Worldwide offers transportation services.

Share Price: 29 cents (Sept. 8)

2010 Stock Performance: -65%

Analyst Consensus: Six analysts, or half of those covering YRC Worldwide, say investors should sell shares of the trucking company. Another five analysts rate YRC Worldwide as a "hold," and only one recommends buying the shares.

Bearish Case: Credit Suisse analyst Christopher Ceraso wrote in an Aug. 4 research note that while less-than-truckload (LTL) fundamentals are improving, YRC Worldwide "still faces substantial headwinds in 2011. We maintain our view that any future value from profitability will not fall in the hands of common equity shareholders; but, rather, will accrue to the banks and the Teamsters." Ceraso has an "underperform," or "sell," rating on the trucking giant and a price target of 50 cents. No other analyst publishes a price target.

4. Energy Conversion Devices ( ENER)

Company Profile: Energy Conversion Devices designs, makes and sells photovoltaic products, known as PV or solar laminates that generate clean, renewable energy by converting sunlight into electricity.

Share Price: $4.96 (Sept. 8)

2010 Stock Performance: -53%

Analyst Consensus: Nineteen research firms have coverage on Energy Conversion Devices, with six rating the stock a "sell." The other 13 analysts say investors should hold the shares. The average of eight recent stock price targets is $5.51, which is actually 11% above where the stock currently trades.

Bearish Case: Wedbush analyst Christine Hersey wrote in an Aug. 31 research note that while Energy Conversion Devices is making progress, it will likely continue "to struggle as oversupply conditions resume in 2011 and demand for niche products remains below expectations." Hersey has an "underperform" rating on the stock with a $4 price target.

3. Evergreen Solar ( ESLR)

Company Profile: Evergreen Solar develops, manufactures and markets solar-power products, including solar cells, panels and systems.

Share Price: 64.9 cents (Sept. 8)

2010 Stock Performance: -57%

Analyst Consensus: Eighteen analysts cover Evergreen Solar, with seven rating the stock a "sell." Ten research firms have a "hold" rating on the stock, while only one analyst recommends that investors buy the shares. The average of eight recent stock-price targets is 68 cents, which is roughly where the stock currently trades.

Bearish Case: In an Aug. 3 research note, Wedbush analyst Christine Hersey wrote that the firm remains cautious on Evergreen Solar shares, "given the challenging macro environment and the operational difficulties the company has had during the past year. Despite securing both long-term contracts and financing, the company must execute on its manufacturing milestones before we adopt a more favorable stance." Hersey has an "underperform" rating on Evergreen Solar and no price target.

2. Level 3 Communications ( LVLT)

Company Profile: Level 3 is a facilities-based provider of a range of integrated communications services.

Share Price: $1.11 (Sept. 8)

2010 Stock Performance: -28%

Analyst Consensus: Half of the 14 analysts who cover Level 3 recommend that investors sell shares of the company. Another six have "hold" ratings, while only one research firm recommends buying the shares. The average of six recent stock-price targets is $1.14, which is about where the stock currently trades.

Bearish Case: "Despite positive comments from management on the pipeline of business, revenues continue to decline and we continue to believe visibility into future trends is limited," Christopher Larsen, senior research analyst with Piper Jaffray, wrote in a July 27 research note. Larsen has an "underweight" rating on the stock and a price target of 90 cents.

1. Hovnanian Enterprises ( HOV)

Company Profile: Hovnanian designs and sells single-family homes, townhomes and condominiums, mid-rise and high-rise condominiums, urban infill and active adult homes in planned residential developments.

Share Price: $3.81 (Sept. 8)

2010 Stock Performance: -0.8%

Analyst Consensus: Of the 12 analysts who cover Hovnanian, seven recommend that investors dump shares of the homebuilder. Only one analyst rates Hovnanian a "buy," while another four say investors should hold the shares. The average of seven recent stock-price targets is $3.36, which is 12% below where the stock currently trades.

Bearish Case: "We remain concerned that Hovnanian's need to earn superior returns to rebuild book may lead the company to take on higher-risk lots with usable capital," Carl Reichardt, a senior analyst at Wells Fargo Securities, wrote in a Sept. 3 research note. Reichardt, who has an "underperform" rating on the stock, also notes Hovnanian's negative equity, lack of operating profitability and high relative leverage. He has a zero to $1 valuation range for Hovnanian shares, which he says recognizes that Hovnanian's book value will likely remain negative through next year.

-- Written by Robert Holmes in Boston.

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