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Why ServiceMaster (SERV) Could Be Positioned for a Slump

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 ServiceMaster Global Holdings, Inc. SERV, 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 SERV.

A key reason for this move has been the negative trend in earnings estimate revisions. For the full year, we have seen eight estimates moving down in the past 30 days, compared with just no upward revisions. This trend has caused the consensus estimate to trend lower, going from $1.46 a share a month ago to its current level of $1.33.

Also, for the current quarter, ServiceMaster has seen six downward estimate revisions versus no revisions in the opposite direction, dragging the consensus estimate down to 19 cents a share from 28 cents over the past 30 days.   

The stock also has seen some pretty dismal trading lately, as the share price has dropped 35.6% in the past month.

ServiceMaster Global Holdings, Inc. Price and Consensus

ServiceMaster Global Holdings, Inc. Price and Consensus

ServiceMaster Global Holdings, Inc. price-consensus-chart | ServiceMaster Global Holdings, 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 Business Services sector, you may instead consider a better-ranked stock - Cross Country Healthcare, Inc. CCRN. 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.

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