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9 companies that might not make it to 2018

InvestorPlace Logo By Vince Martin of InvestorPlace | Slide 1 of 10: <br>The U.S. stock market is near all-time highs, but not everyone has joined the party. Even with a strong economy and a booming market, technological changes and other factors have pushed some companies to the brink of bankruptcy ... and a few, over the cliff.<br><br> In fact, 2017 has already seen several companies close their doors, particularly in a few key sectors.<br><br> Retailers have been impacted by intense competition from <strong>Amazon.com, Inc.</strong> (NASDAQ:<a href="http://investorplace.com/stock-quotes/amzn-stock-quote/"><strong>AMZN</strong></a>) and other e-commerce providers. As a result, bankruptcies in the industry <a href="http://money.cnn.com/2017/06/13/news/companies/retail-bankruptcies/index.html">are up 31% year-over-year</a>. Well-known brands like <strong>Gymboree</strong>, <strong>Payless </strong><strong>ShoeSource </strong>and <strong>rue21</strong> have declared bankruptcy, though they plan to keep some stores open. <strong>RadioShack</strong> (bankrupt for a second time), <strong>The Limited</strong> and <strong>hhgregg</strong> have announced they will close all of their locations.<br><br> Oil & gas bankruptcies have continued as well, though at a slower pace than the disastrous 2015-16 period. Lower oil and natural gas prices have taken their toll.<br><br> In and beyond these struggling sectors, a number of companies seem unlikely to make it much longer, even if the economy continues to cooperate.<br><br><a href="http://investorplace.com/2017/06/the-10-worst-stocks-for-2017s-second-half/">The 10 Worst Stocks for 2017’s Second Half</a><br><br> Here are nine companies who may follow their bankrupt brethren, and who may not survive to the end of 2017.

Things look grim for these companies

The U.S. stock market is near all-time highs, but not everyone has joined the party. Even with a strong economy and a booming market, technological changes and other factors have pushed some companies to the brink of bankruptcy ... and a few, over the cliff.

In fact, 2017 has already seen several companies close their doors, particularly in a few key sectors.

Retailers have been impacted by intense competition from Amazon.com (AMZN) and other e-commerce providers. As a result, bankruptcies in the industry are up 31% year-over-year. Well-known brands like Gymboree, Payless ShoeSource and rue21 have declared bankruptcy, though they plan to keep some stores open. RadioShack (bankrupt for a second time), The Limited and hhgregg have announced they will close all of their locations.

Oil & gas bankruptcies have continued as well, though at a slower pace than the disastrous 2015-16 period. Lower oil and natural gas prices have taken their toll.

In and beyond these struggling sectors, a number of companies seem unlikely to make it much longer, even if the economy continues to cooperate.

Click ahead to see nine companies who may follow their bankrupt brethren, and who may not survive to the end of 2017.

Related: The 10 Worst Stocks for 2017’s Second Half

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