4 of the Biggest Losers on Wall Street of 2014 - So Far

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The first half of the year has been a good one for most investors. The Dow (^DJI), S&P 500 (^GPSC), and Nasdaq (^IXIC) are all trading in positive territory. However, stockholders in some companies haven't been as fortunate. Let's take a look at four of the stocks that have declined sharply through the first six months of 2014.

Coach.com (COH) -- Down 39 percent in 2014

The market leader of luxury handbags was Coach -- until it wasn't. Well-to-do shoppers are still snapping up premium purses, totes and accessories, but they're just not that interested in Coach. Michael Kors (KORS) and other fresh brands are growing at Coach's expense, and in the fickle fashion realm it's hard to be confident about Coach bouncing back.

A bad year got even worse last month when Coach hosted its annual investor day. This is often a time for companies to show off, but Coach warned that it will close 70 underperforming stores and that it will suffer a double-digit sales decline in fiscal 2015. Several analysts downgraded the stock or slashed their price targets after seeing Coach brace itself for continued weakness.

DreamWorks Animation (DWA) -- Down 34 percent in 2014

Shares of Disney (DIS) hit an all-time high this week. DreamWorks Animation -- the rival computer animation studio that seemed to be a worthy challenger after the initial success of the "Shrek" and "Madagascar" franchises -- hasn't been as fortunate.

The year got off to a bad start when DreamWorks Animation posted a substantially larger first-quarter deficit than Wall Street was expecting. The first half then closed with a whimper after "How to Train Your Dragon 2" had a softer than expected initial box office showing. The original movie was a sleeper hit. It's not fair to call the sequel a bomb, but it will likely fail to top the original's ticket sales.

Whole Foods Market (WFM) -- Down 33 percent in 2014

Organic groceries are as popular as ever, but that may also be a problem. Your local grocer is just as likely to stock kale, flaxseed and soy milk these days as Whole Foods. The realization has been painful. Whole Foods has revised its sales forecast lower three times this year, and while most grocers would love to be eyeing 10.5 percent to 11 percent in top-line growth for 2014, they don't trade at the lofty multiples that Whole Foods commanded earlier this year.

Things could get even harder. In April, Walmart (WMT) announced that it's hoping to drive down the prices of its own organic foods by roughly 25 percent with a new private label. Wamart has been trying to make a dent in organics for years, and it may be hard to ignore the threat if it starts offering substantially lower prices.

%VIRTUAL-article-sponsoredlinks%SodaStream (SODA) - Down 32 percent in 2014

SodaStream's dream of crossing the globe with its small machines that turn flat water into carbonated soda is still on track. Sales are growing at a healthy clip, even in some of its more established markets in Europe. However, SodaStream's operations have been a mess, leading to shrinking margins and cascading profitability.

Analysts see revenue growth decelerating to 12 percent this year -- well off its historical pace -- but the real bad news is that Wall Street sees net income declining for all of 2014. Some poor stocking decisions in the U.S. ahead of last year's holiday shopping season forced SodaStream into costly repositioning and discounting. SodaStream will have a lot to prove during the second half of this year.

Motley Fool contributor Rick Munarriz owns shares of SodaStream and Walt Disney. John Mackey, co-CEO of Whole Foods Market, is a member of The Motley Fool's board of directors. The Motley Fool recommends Coach, DreamWorks Animation, Michael Kors Holdings, SodaStream, Walt Disney and Whole Foods Market. The Motley Fool owns shares of Coach, Michael Kors Holdings, SodaStream, Walt Disney and Whole Foods Market.

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  • TV. Downgrade to a cheaper package or eliminate cable/satellite altogether and use services like Hulu and Netflix (NFLX).
  • Electronics. Put your electronics on a "smart" power strip to lower electricity costs. Turn off electronics and unplug phone chargers when they're not in use.
  • Lights. Replace your traditional bulbs with CFL or LED bulbs to cut energy costs dramatically.
  • Furniture. Shop second-hand, go to garage sales and comparison-shop online to get the best prices on some great, unusual pieces.
  • Heating and cooling. Get a programmable thermostat to help regulate your home's temperature based on when you're there and when you're away.
  • Appliances. Energy Star appliances may cost more to buy, but they're well worth it when it comes to the long-term savings.
  • Water. Don't waste money on bottled water. Filter your own tap water with a faucet-mounted or pitcher-style filter and take it with you in a reusable water bottle.
  • Dishes. Only run the dishwasher when it's full, and let the dishes air-dry.
  • Cleaning. Use reusable sponges and dish cloths rather than paper towels. Make your own cleaning solutions from inexpensive household ingredients like ammonia, vinegar and baking soda.
  • Shower. Use a low-flow shower head and limit your shower time. (Sorry, long, hot showers are a no-no.)
  • Sink. Turn off the water when you're brushing teeth or shaving.
  • Toilet. Invest in a dual-flush toilet, which has separate buttons allowing you to flush with a small amount of water or a large amount, depending on the job at hand.
  • Lights. Put lights on a dimmer to use less energy late at night and early in the morning, when bright light is not necessary.
  • Heating. Bundle up in cold months with multiple covers and quilts, and turn the heat down when you're sleeping.
  • Closet. Clean out your closet and sell any unwanted or rarely used clothes and accessories.
  • Use it more. Instead of eating out, cook more dinners at home, and have friends over for a potlucks instead of going out to pricey restaurants.
  • Phone. Get rid of your landline if you rarely use it. There's no point in having one if you're on your cell all the time anyway.
  • Internet. Get internet service from your phone or TV provider and bundle your services for savings.
  • Work out. Create a home gym and cancel your pricey gym membership.
  • Store food in bulk. Get a standalone freezer and create a pantry area with shelving units to store products purchased in bulk or on sale.
  • Laundry. Use cold water, only run full loads, air-dry items, and regularly clean lint traps to keep your machines running efficiently.
  • Hot water tank. Insulate your hot water tank and set it at a lower temperature.
  • Furnace. Change the furnace filter regularly and have your air ducts professionally cleaned every three to five years.
  • Extra space. Rent out unused space, whether it's a storage space, a bedroom to a student, or creating an entire apartment.
  • Insulation. Keep heat from escaping and lower your energy bills by insulating your attic.
  • Odds and ends. Storing a ton of stuff up there? Hold a garage sale and sell what you're not using.
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