BALTIMORE (Stockpickr) -- There's really nothing worse than losing money in a bull market.
So yes, the market may be bouncing this week, and the trend may be "up, up, and away," but some names are looking toxic as we head deeper into February. Holding onto them could be like kryptonite for your portfolio this month, which is why were scoping out the exit signals in five big-name charts today.
To be fair, the companies I'm talking about today aren't exactly junk.
By that, I mean they're not next up in line at bankruptcy court. But that's frankly irrelevant; from a technical analysis standpoint, these toxic stocks are some of the worst positioned names out there right now. For that reason, fundamental investors need to decide how long they're willing to take the pain if they want to hold onto these firms in the weeks and months ahead. And for investors looking to buy one of these positions, it makes sense to wait for more favorable technical conditions (and a lower share price) before piling in.
For the unfamiliar, technical analysis is a way for investors to quantify qualitative factors, such as investor psychology, based on a stock's price action and trends. Once the domain of cloistered trading teams on Wall Street, technicals can help top traders make consistently profitable trades and can aid fundamental investors in better planning their stock execution.
So, without further ado, let's take a look at five toxic stocks you should be unloading.