Wednesday, 29 August 2018 18:35

As S&P 500 rises to a record, these laggards are expected to come roaring back

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The S&P 500 Index is back to its record-setting ways.

The benchmark for large-company U.S. stocks hit a closing record Friday and again Monday after tumbling 9% from Jan. 26 through Feb. 9. Since then, the index had been grinding higher in fits and starts.

There are still plenty of large-cap losers this year — and a majority of analysts predict some of them may make you a tidy profit over the next 12 months.

First we’ll list this year’s biggest stock losers, and then we’ll pare the list to those that are still favored by most Wall Street analysts.

The losers

Here are the 28 S&P 500 SPX, +0.51%[1]  stocks that are down at least 20% in 2018 (including reinvested dividends):...

Company Ticker Industry Total return - 2018 through Aug. 24 Change in EPS - most recent reported quarter from year-earlier quarter Change in sales - most recent reported quarter from year-earlier quarter
L Brands Inc. LB, -0.44%[2] Apparel/Footwear Retail -52% -25% 8%
Dentsply Sirona Inc. XRAY, +1.20%[3] Medical Specialties -41% 9% 5%
Coty Inc. Class A COTY, +1.65%[4] Household/Personal Care -39% -41% 3%
Unum Group UNM, +1.00%[5] Life/Health Insurance -34% 21% 2%
Invesco Ltd. IVZ, -0.02%[6] Investment Managers -32% 2%

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