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Falling Earnings Estimates Signal Weakness Ahead for Fifth Street Finance (FSC)

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Similar to wise buying decisions, exiting certain underperformers at the right time helps maximize portfolio returns. Selling off losers can be difficult, but if both the share price and estimates are falling, it could be time to get rid of the security before more losses hit your portfolio.

One such stock that you may want to consider dropping is Fifth Street Finance Corp. FSC, which has witnessed a significant price decline in the past four weeks, and it has seen negative earnings estimate revisions for the current quarter and the current year. A Zacks Rank #4 (Sell) further confirms weakness in FSC.

A key reason for this move has been the negative trend in earnings estimate revisions. For the full year, we have seen three estimates moving down in the past 30 days, compared with no upward revisions. This trend has caused the consensus estimate to trend lower, going from 62 cents a share a month ago to its current level of 56 cents.

Also, for the current quarter, Fifth Street Financehas seen three downward estimate revisions versus no revisions in the opposite direction, dragging the consensus estimate down to 13 cents a share from 15 cents over the past 30 days.  

The stock also has seen some pretty dismal trading lately, as the share price has dropped 7% in the past month.

Fifth Street Finance Corp. Price and Consensus

Fifth Street Finance Corp. Price and Consensus | Fifth Street Finance Corp. Quote

So it may not be a good decision to keep this stock in your portfolio anymore, at least if you don’t have a long time horizon to wait.

If you are still interested in the Financial - SBIC & Commercial Industry, you may instead consider a better-ranked stock - WhiteHorse Finance, Inc. WHF. The stock currently holds a Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy) and may be a better selection at this time. You can see the complete list of today’s Zacks #1 Rank stocks here.

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