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What Makes BRF S.A. (BRFS) a Strong Sell?
November 08, 2016

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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 BRF S.A. (BRFS - 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 #4 (Sell) further confirms weakness in BRFS.

A key reason for this move has been the negative trend in earnings estimate revisions. For the full year, we have seen 2 estimates moving down in the past 30 days, compared with no upward revisions. This trend has caused the consensus estimate to trend lower, going from earnings of 39 cents a share a month ago to its current level of 20 cents per share.

Also, for the current quarter, BRF S.A. has seen 1 downward estimate revisions versus no revisions in the opposite direction, dragging the consensus estimate down to earnings of 26 cents a share from earnings of 30 cents over the past 30 days.  

The stock also has seen some pretty dismal trading lately, as the share price has dropped 11% in the past month.

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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 Food-Miscellaneous/diversified industry, you may instead consider a better-ranked stock ConAgra Foods, Inc. (CAG - Free Report) . The stock currently holds a Zacks Rank #2 (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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