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Why Avid Bioservices (CDMO) Could Be Positioned for a Slump

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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 Avid Bioservices, Inc. CDMO, 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 CDMO.

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 a loss of 7 cents per share a month ago to its current level of a loss of 16 cents.

Also, for the current quarter, Avid Bioservices has seen three downward estimate revisions versus no revision in the opposite direction, dragging the consensus estimate down to a loss of 4 cents a share from a loss of 2 cents over the past 30 days.

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

Avid Bioservices, Inc. Price and Consensus

Avid Bioservices, Inc. Price and Consensus

Avid Bioservices, Inc. price-consensus-chart | Avid Bioservices, 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 Medical - Biomedical and Genetics industry, you may instead consider a better-ranked stock - Anika Therapeutics Inc. ANIK. 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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