MILLBURN, N.J. (Stockpickr) -- When I meet with clients, they share their current portfolios with me. This allows me to understand what their investment risk profiles look like. Invariably, I have to inform a client that some of the stocks in his or her portfolio will never come back. They are trapped longs.I refer to them as "portfolio herpes." Sometimes these stocks will wake up and make a little run higher, but eventually they go back to a state of remission. There is no known cure for these stocks; they will infect your portfolio forever. It is often difficult for me to convince a client to part ways with a stock that he has held on to for so long. Sometimes I am successful, but sometimes the emotional bond between client and stock is too strong. Related: 7 Big-Name Stocks to Sell How can you identify a trapped long that will never come back? For starters, let's look at the symptoms exhibited by these stocks. There are several characteristics that are common to stocks that are doomed to remain depressed in price. In other words, to borrow a phrase from comedian Jeff Foxworthy, you might have a trapped long if:
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