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4 Toxic Stocks to Get Rid Off or Sell Short for Solid Gains

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Successful investing hinges upon precise identification of rightly priced stocks. But, in reality, correctly priced stocks and overpriced toxic stocks are intermixed in such a way that it is not an easy task to differentiate them.

Generally, overpriced toxic stocks are vulnerable to external shocks. Moreover, these stocks are loaded with huge amount of debts. The price of these stocks is artificially inflated. However, the higher price of toxic stocks is only short-lived in nature as it is greater than its true intrinsic value.

Investors are likely to benefit from accurate identification of toxic stocks with the help of an investing strategy called short selling. This strategy allows investors to sell a stock first and then buy it when price falls.

While short selling excels in bear markets, it typically loses money in bull markets.

So, precisely identifying toxic stocks and discarding or short selling them at the right time is the key to guard your portfolio from big losses.

Screening Criteria

Here is a winning strategy that will help you to identify overpriced toxic stocks:

Most recent Debt/Equity Ratio greater than the median industry average : High debt/equity ratio implies high leverage. High leverage indicates a huge level of repayment that the company has to make in connection with the debt amount.

P/E using 12-month forward EPS estimate greater than 50 : A very high forward P/E implies that a stock is highly overvalued.

% Change in F (1) and F (2) Estimate (12 Weeks) less than -5 : Negative EPS estimate revision for this and the next fiscal year during the past 12 weeks points to analysts' pessimism.

Zacks Rank more than or equal to #3 (Hold) : We have not considered Buy-rated stocks that generally outperform the market.

Saint Paul, MN-based Cardiovascular Systems, Inc.CSII is a medical device company. Over the past 30 days, the Zacks Consensus Estimate for current-quarter earnings has changed from earnings of a penny to a loss of 5 cents. The stock currently has a Zacks Rank #3. You can see the complete list of today's Zacks #1 Rank (Strong Buy) stocks here .

Leawood, KS-based AMC Entertainment Holdings, Inc.AMC operates as a theatrical exhibition company, primarily in the United States and globally. Over the past 30 days, the Zacks Consensus Estimate for current-quarter earnings has widened from a loss of 31 cents to a loss of 45 cents. The stock currently has a Zacks Rank #3.

Montreal, Canada-based Osisko Gold Royalties LtdOR is a mining company engaged in exploration and mining for gold and other precious metals. Over the past 30 days, the Zacks Consensus Estimate for current-quarter earnings has remained unchanged at 2 cents per share. The stock currently has a Zacks Rank #3.

Toronto, Canada-based Agnico Eagle Mines LimitedAEM is a gold producer with mining operations in Canada, Mexico and Finland, and exploration activities in Canada, Europe, Latin America and the United States. Over the past 30 days, the Zacks Consensus Estimate for current-quarter earnings has declined from 9 cents per share to 8 cents. The stock currently has a Zacks Rank #3.

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