3 Reasons to Sell 3M

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The following video is part of our "Motley Fool Conversations" series, in which industrials editor/analyst Brendan Byrnes discusses topics across the investing world.

In today's edition, Brendan outlines three reasons to sell 3M. While this is not a sell recommendation -- Brendan actually likes 3M as a long-term outperformer -- we think it's best for investors to look at both sides of the coin when evaluating companies. 3M has underperformed the Dow as a whole over the past 52 weeks by nearly 10%. As with all industrial conglomerates, 3M is a cyclical company with fairly heavy exposure to Europe -- about 30% of its revenue came from the Continent in 2011. Other possible warning signs include if the company were to lose its innovative spirit, or if it has trouble successfully integrating recent acquisitions.

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At the time this article was published Brendan Byrneshas no positions in the stocks mentioned above. The Motley Fool has no positions in the stocks mentioned above.Motley Fool newsletter services have recommended 3M.Try any of our Foolish newsletter servicesfree for 30 days. We Fools may not all hold the same opinions, but we all believe thatconsidering a diverse range of insightsmakes us better investors. The Motley Fool has adisclosure policy.

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