Falling Earnings Estimates Signal Weakness Ahead for Ceragon Networks (CRNT) - Tale of the Tape

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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 Ceragon Networks Ltd. ( CRNT ), 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 CRNT.

A key reason for this move has been the negative trend in earnings estimate revisions. For the full year, we have seen 1 estimate moving down in the past 30 days, compared to no upward revision. This trend has caused the consensus estimate to trend lower, going from earnings of 11 cents a share a month ago to its current level of loss of 4 cents.

Also, for the current quarter, Ceragon Networks has seen 1 downward estimate revision versus no revision in the opposite direction, dragging the consensus estimate down to loss of 6 cents a share from a loss of 2 cents a share over the past 30 days.   

The stock has also seen some pretty dismal trading lately, as the share price has dropped 10.4% in the past month.

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 Wireless industry, you may instead consider some better-ranked stocks including China Unicom (Hong Kong) Limited ( CHU ), SK Telecom Co. Ltd. ( SKM ) and SmarTone Telecommunications Holdings Ltd. ( STTFY ). While China Unicom and SK Telecom hold a Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy), SmarTone carries a Zacks Rank #2 (Buy). With favorable Zacks Ranks, these stocks may be better selections at this time.

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