Deep Dive: Bottom fishers, these stocks are within 5% of their 52-week lows

Now that investors have suffered through October, it’s a good time to assess the stock-price action and decide whether it’s worth buying shares on the cheap.

The S&P 500 Index SPX, +0.74% declined 6.8% in October, including reinvested dividends, led by the consumer-discretionary sector, which was down 11.3%. That sector includes Amazon.com AMZN, +1.75% which slumped 20% in October, and Netflix NFLX, +2.56% which dropped 19%.

On Oct. 16, there was a tremendous response from MarketWatch readers to this story listing stocks that were down at least 50% from their all-time highs (adjusted for spin-offs and splits).

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