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What Makes Boardwalk Pipeline (BWP) a Strong Sell?
February 19, 2014

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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 Boardwalk Pipeline Partners, LP (BWP - Free Report) , 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 BWP.

A key reason for this move has been the negative trend in earnings estimate revisions. For the full year, we have seen 7 estimates moving down in the past 30 days, compared with no upward revision. This trend has caused the consensus estimate to trend lower, going from $1.19 per share a month ago to its current level of $1.00.

Also, for the current quarter, Boardwalk Pipeline has seen 6 downward estimate revisions versus no revision in the opposite direction, dragging the consensus estimate down to 32 cents a share from 38 cents over the past 30 days.   

The stock also has seen some pretty dismal trading lately, as the share price has dropped 44.2% 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 Oil & Gas Pipelines sector, you may instead consider some better-ranked stocks including Crestwood Equity Partners LP (CEQP - Free Report) , Energy Transfer Equity, L.P. (ETE - Free Report) and Magellan Midstream Partners LP (MMP - Free Report) . While Crestwood Equity currently holds a Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy), Energy Transfer and Magellan Midstream carry a Zacks Rank #2 (Buy). With favorable Zacks Rank, these stocks may be better selection at this time.

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