He could also play "find the white knight," but that's a dangerous game, too. Penney may have overshadowed those at Sears, but sales have fallen at the Hoffman Estates, Ill., company for 27 straight quarters.
Zynga Zynga, the creator of Farm Ville and Words With Friends, has suffered a serious drought of follow-up hits.
As one analyst recently noted to Bloomberg, with the exception of Zynga Poker, the company has failed to produce a sustained mobile hit in ages.
The company's executive offices have seen a revolving cast of managers, but none have managed to get profits blooming.
Revenues in Martha Stewart Living's publishing business have fallen year-over-year for seven straight quarters.
Radio Shack is in such poor shape that it's unlikely that a buyer would rescue it, at least before it shutters poorly performing stores.
Though the company had 3 million in cash as of Sept.
Sears has announced plans to spin off Lands' End and sell its auto centers, a deal that one analyst estimates could be worth as much as .5 billion.
But the company has about .8 billion in long-term debt.
30, its long-term prospects aren't going to improve anytime soon.