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Stay back! These safe looking stocks are actually deathtraps

Sometimes a stock price looks a bit low, and you can’t tell exactly why. On other occasions, you know exactly why, but are pretty sure the Street is being sill in letting the price get as low as it has. On still other occasions, you are aware of what seem to be highly favorable circumstances that will soon be affecting a company, yet it appears as though the share price has not responded in any meaningful way. Illusion? Sometimes, and sometimes not. Sometimes what seems to be new news is really old news, and there’s nothing more common than for news, when it comes to be not quite as exciting as it seemed to be when it was merely “coming.”

In any case, there are reasons to consider all of the stocks on today’s list “values” whether it be due to valuation or some other reason. Put simply, these are not true value stocks because each contains an element of risk. In some cases, these elements are difficult to spot, in others, merely easy to ignore, but they are all there. I’d look well away from any of these to invest any serious money, but of course, as always, you should treat these ideas as just that, ideas, and do your own research before making any investment decision.

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Julian Close

Julian Close became a stockbroker in 1995. In his 20 years of market experience, he has seen all market conditions and written about every aspect of investing. Julian has also written extensively on corporate best practices and even written reports for the United Nations. He graduated from Davidson College in 1993 and received a Master of Arts in Teaching from Mary Baldwin College in 2011. You can see closing trades for all Julian's long and short positions and track his long term performance via twitter: @JulianClose_MIC.