For Immediate Release
Chicago, IL – July 17, 2012 – Zacks.com releases details on a group of stocks that are currently members of the exclusive Zacks #5 Rank List – Stocks to Sell Now. These stocks are currently rated as a Zacks Rank #5 (Strong Sell): Avon Products, Inc. (AVP) and J.C. Penney Company, Inc. (JCP). Further, Zacks announced #4 Rankings (Sell) on two other widely held stocks: Ralcorp Holdings, Inc (RAH) and Royal Gold, Inc. (RGLD).To see the full Zacks #5 Rank List - Stocks to Sell Now visit: http://at.zacks.com/?id=92
Since inception in 1988, the S&P 500 has outperformed the Zacks #5 Rank List of Stocks to Sell Now by 80% annually (+2% vs. +10%). While the rest of Wall Street continued to tout stocks during the market declines of the last few years, Zacks told investors which stocks to sell or avoid.
Here is a synopsis of why AVP and JCP have a Zacks Rank of #5 (Strong Sell) and should most likely be sold or avoided for the next one to three months. Note that a #5 Strong Sell rating is applied to 5% of all the stocks in the Zacks Rank universe:
Avon Products, Inc. (AVP) announced first -quarter profit of 10 cents per share on May 8 which came behind the Zacks Consensus Estimate by 18 cents. The diluted earnings per share also fell by 79.97% on a year-over-year basis. The Zacks Consensus Estimate for the current year slipped 2 cents per share to 93 cents in the last 30 days. Next year’s estimate also dipped 2 cents per share to $1.16 per share in that time span.
J.C. Penney Company, Inc. (JCP) posted a first -quarter loss of 25 cents per share on May 21, which came in 14 cents wider than the average forecast. The Zacks Consensus Estimate for 2012 fell to a profit of $1.32 per share from $1.53 over the past month with 3 out of 8 covering analysts slashed forecasts. Next year’s forecasts slipped 12 cents to $2.43 per share in the same time span.
Here is a synopsis of why RAH and RGLD have a Zacks Rank of 4 (Sell) and should also most likely be sold or avoided for the next one to three months. Note that a #4 Sell rating is applied to 15% of all the stocks ranked by Zacks;
Ralcorp Holdings, Inc (RAH) second-quarter profit of 72 cents per share, posted on May 24, lagged analysts projections by nearly 15.29%. For 2012, the Zacks Consensus Estimate moved down 64 cents in the last 60 days as 1 out of the 5 covering analysts cut back on forecasts. The forecast for next year slid 17cents to $4.01 per share in the same time span.
Royal Gold, Inc. (RGLD) reported a third-quarter profit of 44 cents per share on May 10, that fell 10.20% short of the Zacks Consensus Estimate. The full-year average forecast is currently pegged at $1.75 per share, compared with the last 30 days projection of $1.76. Next year’s forecast dropped 3 cents per share in the same period.
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