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5 Stocks With Poor Earnings Surprises — RCL MERC CIA EROC IIIN

The worst picks Portfolio Grader has to offer in this fundamental category

   

This week, these five stocks have the worst ratings in Earnings Surprises, one of the eight Fundamental Categories on Portfolio Grader.

Royal Caribbean Cruises (NYSE:RCL) owns five brands in the cruise vacation industry. RCL also gets an F in Earnings Growth. For more information, get Portfolio Grader’s complete analysis of RCL stock.

Mercer International (NASDAQ:MERC) owns and operates three modern pulp mills. MERC also gets F’s in Earnings Growth, Earnings Momentum, Analyst Earnings Revisions, Operating Margin Growth, and Sales Growth. The stock currently has a trailing PE Ratio of 40.4. For more information, get Portfolio Grader’s complete analysis of MERC stock.

Citizens Inc. (NYSE:CIA) provides life and health insurance products, including ordinary whole-life policies and endowment policies. CIA also gets F’s in Earnings Growth, Analyst Earnings Revisions, and Operating Margin Growth. The stock’s trailing PE Ratio is 94. For more information, get Portfolio Grader’s complete analysis of CIA stock.

Eagle Rock Energy (NASDAQ:EROC) engages in gathering, compressing, treating, processing, transporting, marketing, and trading natural gas, as well as fractionating and transporting natural gas liquids. EROC gets F’s in Earnings Momentum, Cash Flow, and Sales Growth as well. The price of EROC is down 15.9% since the first of the year. This is worse than the Nasdaq, which has seen a 20.4% increase over the same period. For more information, get Portfolio Grader’s complete analysis of EROC stock.

Insteel Industries (NASDAQ:IIIN) manufactures and markets wire products. IIIN also gets F’s in Earnings Growth, Earnings Momentum, and Analyst Earnings Revisions. The stock has a trailing PE Ratio of 109.1. For more information, get Portfolio Grader’s complete analysis of IIIN stock.

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