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The following is a list of stocks that have recently seen their 50-day moving average cross below their 200-day moving average. This technical signal, called the "death cross", is often an indication that investor sentiment has shifted from the bulls to the bears.

In addition, all of these stocks have seen worsening analyst sentiment over the last three months.

Analyst ratings ratings are presented on a linear scale, with ratings close to 1 indicating "Strong Buy", while ratings close to 5 indicate "Strong Sell". All of the stocks mentioned here have seen their ratings move closer to 5 over the last three months, i.e. worsening analyst sentiment.

Is this pessimism justified? If you're a contrarian, this excessive negativity might raise a flag. Full details below.

Analyst ratings sourced from Reuters, moving average and short float data sourced from Finviz.

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The list has been sorted by the percentage change in analyst sentiment (i.e. worsening analyst opinion)

1. Barclays PLC (NYSE:BCS): Foreign Bank. Market cap of $53.88B. Analyst rating has increased from 1 to 2 over the last three months. Short Float at 0.12%, which implies a short ratio of 1.09 days. The stock has lost -25.55% over the last year.

2. National Bank of Greece SA (NYSE:NBG): Money Center Banks Industry. Market cap of $7.13B. Analyst rating has increased from 1 to 2 over the last three months. Short Float at 0.38%, which implies a short ratio of 2.81 days. The stock has lost -70.7% over the last year.

3. Gerdau S.A. (NYSE:GGB): Steel & Iron Industry. Market cap of $17.54B. Analyst rating has increased from 2 to 2.62 over the last three months. Short Float at 1.97%, which implies a short ratio of 2.55 days. The stock has lost -21.77% over the last year.

4. Beckman Coulter Inc. (NYSE:BEC): Scientific & Technical Instruments Industry. Market cap of $3.46B. Analyst rating has increased from 2.21 to 2.88 over the last three months. Short Float at 7.2%, which implies a short ratio of 4.67 days. The stock has lost -27.33% over the last year.

5. CRH plc (NYSE:CRH): Cement Industry. Market cap of $12.4B. Analyst rating has increased from 2.33 to 3.0 over the last three months. Short Float at 0.24%, which implies a short ratio of 7.93 days. The stock has lost -35.85% over the last year.

6. Equinix, Inc. (NASDAQ:EQIX): Telecom Services Industry. Market cap of $3.43B. Analyst rating has increased from 1.54 to 1.93 over the last three months. Short Float at 16.45%, which implies a short ratio of 4.56 days. The stock has lost -20.15% over the last year.

7. Vistaprint N.V. (NASDAQ:VPRT): Business Services Industry. Market cap of $1.69B. Analyst rating has increased from 1.64 to 2.0 over the last three months. Short Float at 8.78%, which implies a short ratio of 2.99 days. The stock has lost -22.39% over the last year.

8. BP plc (NYSE:BP): Major Integrated Oil & Gas Industry. Market cap of $126.85B. Analyst rating has increased from 1.92 to 2.25 over the last three months. Short Float at 0.33%, which implies a short ratio of 0.8 days. The stock has lost -25.15% over the last year.

9. Brasil Telecom S.A. (BTM): Diversified Communication Services Industry. Market cap of $4.18B. Analyst rating has increased from 2 to 2.33 over the last three months. Short Float at 0.3%, which implies a short ratio of 1.23 days. The stock has lost -23.7% over the last year.

10. ITT Educational Services Inc. (NYSE:ESI): Education & Training Services Industry. Market cap of $2.05B. Analyst rating has increased from 2.24 to 2.6 over the last three months. Short Float at 23.04%, which implies a short ratio of 4.98 days. The stock has lost -40.29% over the last year.

11. Bank of America Corporation (NYSE:BAC): Regional Banks Industry. Market cap of $114.79B. Analyst rating has increased from 1.65 to 1.89 over the last three months. Short Float at 1.53%, which implies a short ratio of 0.87 days. The stock has lost -30.58% over the last year.

12. VCA Antech Inc. (NASDAQ:WOOF): Personal Services Industry. Market cap of $1.72B. Analyst rating has increased from 2.1 to 2.36 over the last three months. Short Float at 7.3%, which implies a short ratio of 6.8 days. The stock has lost -27.19% over the last year.

13. Apollo Group Inc. (NASDAQ:APOL): Education & Training Services Industry. Market cap of $5.31B. Analyst rating has increased from 2.1 to 2.35 over the last three months. Short Float at 7.62%, which implies a short ratio of 2.15 days. The stock has lost -51.88% over the last year.

14. Lender Processing Services, Inc. (NYSE:LPS): Business Services Industry. Market cap of $2.48B. Analyst rating has increased from 1.88 to 2.1 over the last three months. Short Float at 2.86%, which implies a short ratio of 1.58 days. The stock has lost -34.08% over the last year.

15. Alere Inc. (NYSE:ALR): Medical Laboratories & Research Industry. Market cap of $2.54B. Analyst rating has increased from 1.3 to 1.45 over the last three months. Short Float at 10.29%, which implies a short ratio of 16.58 days. The stock has lost -26.96% over the last year.

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Source: Contrarian Ideas: 15 Downtrend Stocks With Worsening Analyst Ratings