Wells Fargo names 50 stocks to short (or at least avoid)


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Corporate outlooks are set to shift dramatically next earnings season and some stocks will be vulnerable to reversal, Wells Fargo says.

Senior Equity Strategist Chris Harvey picked a "group of stocks (that) will underperform the market until we hear the Fed reference a slowing economy."

The short-or-avoid quant list is based on longer-term price momentum.

"In our assessment, stocks with fundamental issues become even riskier during tumultuous times," Harvey said in a note. "In our experience, Fundamental PMs do not bottom-fish in uncertain times like now; rather, they focus on high-conviction names, sell anything deemed 'marginal,' and save new ideas for another day."

"We expect these stocks to be subject to violent reversals."

The stocks to short or avoid in the Wells Fargo Equity Strategy Low Momentum Portfolio (weighted 2% each) are:

Communication Services (XLC)

  1. Disney (NYSE:DIS)
  2. Match Group (MTCH)
  3. Meta Platforms (META)
  4. Dish Network (DISH)
  5. Netflix (NFLX)

Consumer Discretionary (XLY)

  1. Etsy (ETSY)
  2. Caesars Entertainment (CZR)
  3. Norwegian Cruise Lines (NCLH)
  4. Penn National Gaming (PENN)
  5. Carnival (CCL)

Consumer Staples (XLP)

  1. Walmart (WMT)
  2. Estee Lauder (EL)
  3. Lamb Weston (LW)
  4. Clorox (CLX)

Energy (XLE)

  1. Schlumberger (SLB)
  2. Williams Companies (WMB)
  3. Phillips 66 (PSX)
  4. Kinder Morgan (KMI)

Financials (XLF)

  1. Synchrony Financial (SYF)
  2. Citi (C)
  3. MarketAxess (MKTX)
  4. T. Rowe Price (TROW)
  5. Invesco (IVZ)

Healthcare (XLV)

  1. Moderna (MRNA)
  2. DentSply (XRAY)
  3. Biogen (BIIB)
  4. Illumina (ILMN)
  5. Align Technology (ALGN)

Industrials (XLI)

  1. Fortune Brands (FBHS)
  2. GE (GE)
  3. American Airlines (AAL)
  4. Stanley Black & Decker (SWK)
  5. Boeing (BA)

Info Tech (XLK)

  1. EPAM Systems (EPAM)
  2. Ceridian (CDAY)
  3. Qorvo (QRVO)
  4. IPG Photonics (IPGP)
  5. PayPal (PYPL)

Materials (XLB)

  1. Avery Dennison (AVY)
  2. DuPont (DD)
  3. Ecolab (ECL)
  4. PPG (PPG)

Real Estate (XLRE)

  1. Equinix (EQIX)
  2. Simon Property (SPG)
  3. Alexandria Real Estate (ARE)
  4. Vornado (VNO)

Utilities (XLU)

  1. PPL (PPL)
  2. American Water (AWK)
  3. Pinnacle West (PNW)
  4. AES (AES)

See Wells Fargo's recession stocks portfolio.

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