(1:00) - Understanding The Zacks Ranking System (12:15) - What To Do If Your Stock Drops To A Strong Sell: Navigating Volatility (17:45) - Stocks To Keep On Your Radar (28:10) - Episode Roundup: NFLX, MU, BABA, FVRR, JKS Podcast@Zacks.com
Welcome to Episode #272 of the Zacks Market Edge Podcast.
Every week, host and Zacks stock strategist, Tracey Ryniec, will be joined by guests to discuss the hottest investing topics in stocks, bonds and ETFs and how it impacts your life.
This week, Tracey is going solo to talk about what to do if your favorite stock has fallen to a Zacks Rank #5 (Strong Sell).
Should you sell?
Have an Investing Plan
First, you should already know whether you are a long-term investor or short-term trader.
The Zacks Rank is a short-term recommendation of just 1 to 3 months. While it’s a good tool to use to find great stocks to buy, it doesn’t work so well for those who are holding those stocks for years.
The Zacks Rank is based on analyst earnings estimate revisions. Zacks processes estimates from over 3,000 analysts on over 4400 stocks.
What are your investing goals and timeline?
Even Best Performers Have Been Strong Sells Netflix (, the best performing S&P 500 stock of the last decade, has been a Zacks Rank #5 (Strong Sell) twice within that 10-year time period: in 2011 and again in 2014. NFLX Quick Quote NFLX - Free Report)
It also was a Zacks Rank #4 (Sell) just last year, in the second half of 2020.
Remember, the Zacks Rank can change daily.
Netflix is currently a Zacks #3 (Hold).
Watch for Cyclical Stocks
Cyclical stocks, those that have “cycles” where earnings grow quickly, and then contract, can be some of the most volatile with the Zacks Rank.
The semiconductors fall into this category.
Micron ( was a Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy) or #2 (Buy) during it’s “up” cycle until mid-2018. It then fell to a Zacks #5 (Strong Sell) during it’s “down” cycle. MU Quick Quote MU - Free Report)
But now that earnings estimates are on the rise again, it’s back to the higher Zacks Rank again.
Long-term investors should be cautious using the Rank with cyclical stocks.
Again, have an investing plan.
3 Strong Sell Stocks: What’s Going On?
Alibaba ( has fallen to a Zacks Strong Sell as six earnings estimates were cut for the fiscal year in the last 60 days. All the analysts were in agreement. Shares have been underperforming the last 2 years, gaining just 35% compared to the S&P 500, which is up 48% during that time. BABA Quick Quote BABA - Free Report)
Fiverr International (, the platform that connects freelancers and businesses, has fallen to a Zacks Strong Sell as 2 estimates were lowered, but just one was raised, for 2021 in the last month. The full year earnings estimates has fallen to $0.43 from $0.51. Yet earnings are expected to jump 48% in 2021. FVRR Quick Quote FVRR - Free Report)
JinkoSolar ( only has one estimate on Zacks.com. The 2021 Zacks Consensus has fallen to $1.64 from $3.53 in the last 60 days as supply chain issues hit the solar industry. Earnings are expected to fall 50% in 2021 so it’s not surprising it’s a Zacks Strong Sell. But what about next year? JKS Quick Quote JKS - Free Report)
What else do you need to know about the Zacks Strong Sell and your portfolio?
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