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 Green Plains Inc. GPRE, 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 #5 (Strong Sell) further confirms weakness in GPRE.
A key reason for this move has been the negative trend in earnings estimate revisions. For the full year, we have seen one 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 a loss of 30 cents a share a month ago to its current level of a loss of 95 cents.
Also, for the current quarter, Green Plains has seen one downward estimate revisions versus no revisions in the opposite direction, dragging the consensus estimate down to a loss of 42 cents a share from a loss of 9 cents over the past 30 days.
The stock also has seen some pretty dismal trading lately, as the share price has dropped 12.8% in the past month.
Green Plains, Inc. Price and Consensus
Green Plains, Inc. price-consensus-chart | Green Plains, Inc. 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 Chemistry - Specialty industry/sector, you may instead consider a better-ranked stock - Flexible Solutions International Inc. FSI. 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 (Strong Buy) stocks here.
Breakout Biotech Stocks with Triple-Digit Profit Potential
The biotech sector is projected to surge beyond $775 billion by 2024 as scientists develop treatments for thousands of diseases. They’re also finding ways to edit the human genome to literally erase our vulnerability to these diseases.
Zacks has just released Century of Biology: 7 Biotech Stocks to Buy Right Now to help investors profit from 7 stocks poised for outperformance. Our recent biotech recommendations have produced gains of +98%, +119% and +164% in as little as 1 month. The stocks in this report could perform even better.
See these 7 breakthrough stocks now>>
Want the latest recommendations from Zacks Investment Research? Today, you can download 7 Best Stocks for the Next 30 Days. Click to get this free report
Flexible Solutions International Inc. (FSI) : Free Stock Analysis Report
Green Plains, Inc. (GPRE) : Free Stock Analysis Report
To read this article on Zacks.com click here.
Zacks Investment Research