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 Dynegy Inc.
), 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 DYN.
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 with no upward revision. This trend has caused the consensus estimate to trend lower, going from 37 cents a share a month ago to its current level of 33 cents
Also, for the current quarter, Dynegy has seen no estimate revisions on either side. However, consensus estimate trend has widened to a loss of 28 cents a share from a loss of 25 cents over the past 30 days.
The stock also has seen some pretty dismal trading lately, as the share price has dropped 20.5% 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 Utilities Electric Power sector, you may instead consider some better-ranked stocks including Ameren Corporation
), Consolidated Edison, Inc.
) and Wisconsin Energy Corp.
). All these stocks hold a Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy) and may be better selections at this time.
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