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 Dover Corporation (DOV - 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 DOV.
A key reason for this move has been the negative trend in earnings estimate revisions. For the full year, we have seen seven estimates moving down in the past 30 days, compared with two upward revisions. This trend has caused the consensus estimate to trend lower, going from $5.72 a share a month ago to its current level of $4.82.
Also, for the current quarter, Dover Corporation has seen five downward estimate revisions versus one revision in the opposite direction, dragging the consensus estimate down to $1.22 a share from $1.55 over the past 30 days.
The stock also has seen some pretty dismal trading lately, as the share price has dropped 16% in the past month.