5 Stocks With Poor Earnings Surprises — RCL MERC CIA UCBI SM

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5 Stocks With Poor Earnings Surprises — RCL MERC CIA UCBI SM

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 gets F’s in Earnings Growth, Earnings Momentum, Analyst Earnings Revisions, Operating Margin Growth, and Sales Growth as well. The stock currently has a trailing PE Ratio of 37.3. 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 has a trailing PE Ratio of 93.8. For more information, get Portfolio Grader’s complete analysis of CIA stock.

United Community Banks (NASDAQ:UCBI) provides retail and corporate banking services, including deposit products and loans. UCBI gets F’s in Earnings Growth, Earnings Momentum, and Analyst Earnings Revisions as well. For more information, get Portfolio Grader’s complete analysis of UCBI stock.

SM Energy (NYSE:SM) is an independent energy company that explores, exploits, develops, acquires and produces natural gas and crude oil in the United States. SM also gets F’s in Earnings Growth, Earnings Momentum, Analyst Earnings Revisions, and Cash Flow. Since January 1, SM has fallen 27.4%. This is worse than the S&P 500, which has seen a 12.1% increase over the same period. For more information, get Portfolio Grader’s complete analysis of SM stock.

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