For Immediate Release
Chicago, IL – April 9, 2013 – Zacks.com releases details on a group of stocks that are currently members of the exclusive Zacks Rank #5 List – Stocks to Sell Now. These stocks are currently rated as a Zacks Rank #5 (Strong Sell): Seaspan Corporation (SSW) and HSN, Inc. (HSNI). Further, Zacks announced #4 Rankings (Sell) on two other widely held stocks: Cedar Fair, L.P. (FUN) and Schweitzer-Mauduit International, Inc. (SWM).
Since inception in 1988, the S&P 500 has outperformed the Zacks Rank #5 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 SSW and HSNI 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:
Seaspan Corporation (SSW) announced fourth-quarter profit of 27 cents per share on March 06 which came behind the Zacks Consensus Estimate by 2 cents. The diluted earnings per share also fell by 12.9% on a year-over-year basis. The Zacks Consensus Estimate for the current year slipped 24 cents per share to 92 cents in the last 30 days. Next year’s estimate also dipped 13 cents per share to $1.22 per share in that time span.
HSN, Inc. (HSNI) posted a fourth -quarter profit of $1.0 per share on February 21, which came in 3 cents wider than the average forecast. The Zacks Consensus Estimate for 2013 fell to a profit of $3.11 per share from $3.16 over the past month with 0 out of 4 covering analysts slashed forecasts. Next year’s forecasts slipped 8 cents to $3.49 per share in the same time span.
Here is a synopsis of why FUN and SWM 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;
Cedar Fair, L.P. (FUN) fourth-quarter loss of 20 cents per share, posted on February 19, and lagged analysts’ projections by nearly 4333.3%. For 2013, the Zacks Consensus Estimate moved down 7 cents to $2.28 in the last 30 days as 1 out of the 4 covering analysts cut back on forecasts. The forecast for next year slid 8 cents to $2.50 per share in the same time span.
Schweitzer-Mauduit International, Inc. (SWM) reported a fourth-quarter profit of 89 cents per share on February 06, that fell nearly 9.2% short of the Zacks Consensus Estimate. The full-year average forecast is currently pegged at $3.78 per share, compared with the last 60 days projection of $3.95. Next year’s forecast dropped 26 cents per share in the same period.
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