These 15 companies sat out the huge market rally -- and a few were on the losers list last year. From repeats like J.C. Penney to tech giant IBM, here are 2013's worst-performing stocks.
Barnes & Noble ( continues to face trouble transitioning from its traditional roots as a retailer of printed books to the digital media age. )
Shares plummeted 17% in late June when the company revealed steep losses for its e-reader Nook HD tablet, which failed to deliver against competitors such as Amazon's ( Kindle and )Apple's (iPad. )
Former CEO William Lynch stepped down in July after his initiative to boost the company's tablet business fizzled. And the stock sank another 12% in August after Barnes & Noble reported another quarter of losses and the news that Leonard Riggio, Barnes & Noble's chairman and largest shareholder, had dropped his bid to buy the company's brick and mortar bookstores.
It's possible that the worst is over though. Barnes & Noble eked out a profit for the quarter ending October 26th, even though revenues declined 8% compared to the same period in 2012. --J.S.