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Chicago, IL – July 23, 2020 – Stocks in this week’s article are HealthEquity, Inc. (HQY - Free Report) , Alarm.com Holdings, Inc. (ALRM - Free Report) , Stoneridge, Inc. (SRI - Free Report) , Mercer International Inc. (MERC - Free Report) and Bottomline Technologies (de), Inc. (EPAY - Free Report) .

These 5 Toxic Stocks Could Be Poisoning Your Portfolio

Distinguishing between overpriced stocks and fairly priced stocks is the key to successful investing. But the task is not easy as the correctly priced and overvalued stocks are mingled in a very deceptive way in the marketplace. However, investors who can pinpoint the overhyped toxic stocks and discard them at the right time are the ones that are poised to benefit.

Usually toxic companies are vulnerable to external shocks. These companies are burdened with huge debts too. Also, unjustifiably high price of the toxic stocks is short lived as their current price exceeds their inherent value. Quite naturally, these stocks are bound to result in loss for investors over time.

Higher price of the toxic stocks can be attributed to either an irrational exuberance associated with them or some serious fundamental lacuna. If you own such stocks for long, you are likely to see a big loss in your wealth.

If you can, however, precisely spot the toxic stocks, you may gain by resorting to an investing strategy called short selling. This strategy allows you to sell a stock first and then buy it when the price falls.

While short selling excels in bear markets, it typically loses money in bull markets.

So, just like figuring out stocks with growth potential, identifying toxic stocks and discarding them at the right time is the key to shield your portfolio from big losses or make profits by short selling them.

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