The Worst Dow Stocks for 2014

The Worst Dow Stocks for 2014

As we head into the new year, investors should be looking at stocks both to buy and to sell. After a great year on the Dow Jones Industrial Average , there are a few companies that could be in for a tough 2014.

ExxonMobil is fighting the trend of slowing oil usage in developed countries and has seen higher costs for exploration. Revenue and profit are down in recent years, meaning the stock isn't the safe haven it once was.

It's been an outstanding year for JPMorgan Chase on the market, but legal settlements have cost the company billions. Eventually, that will catch up to the company, and there's more downside risk in 2014 than upside potential.

Finally, Caterpillar is facing headwinds from China, which appears to be heading toward a building bubble. If building slows in developing countries, so will revenue and profit, which are already volatile at Caterpillar.

Erin Miller sat down with Fool contributor Travis Hoium to find out more about why he thinks these stocks will underperform in 2014.

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