4 Service Stocks to Sell Now

The ratings of four service stocks are down this week, according to the Portfolio Grader database. Each of these rates a “D” (“sell”) or “F” overall (“strong sell”).

Coinstar (CSTR) is on the decline this week, earning a D (“sell”) after receiving a C (“hold”) last week. Coinstar is a multi-national company that offers solutions for storefronts, including self-service coin counting, entertainment services, and self-service DVD kiosks. CSTR also rates an F in Portfolio Grader’s specific subcategory of Earnings Momentum. As of Oct. 17, 2013, 34.2% of outstanding Coinstar shares were held short. For a full analysis of CSTR stock, visit Portfolio Grader.

Weight Watchers International, Inc.’s (WTW) rating falls this week to an F (“strong sell”), down from last week’s D (“sell”). Weight Watchers is a provider of weight management services, operating globally through a network of company-owned and franchise operations. The stock also gets an F in Sales Growth. The stock price has dropped 16.8% over the past month, worse than the 1.7% decrease the S&P 500 has seen over the same period of time. As of Feb. 5, 2014, 21% of outstanding Weight Watchers International, Inc. shares were held short. For more information, get Portfolio Grader’s complete analysis of WTW stock.

The rating of Universal Technical Institute, Inc. (UTI) declines this week from a C to a D. Universal Technical Institute is a provider of postsecondary education for students seeking careers as automotive, diesel, collision repair, motorcycle and marine technicians. The stock receives F’s in Earnings Revisions, Earnings Surprise, Margin Growth and Sales Growth. The stock currently has a trailing PE Ratio of 156.50. To get an in-depth look at UTI, get Portfolio Grader’s complete analysis of UTI stock.

Ascent Capital Group, Inc. Class A (ASCMA) is having a tough week. The company’s rating falls from a C to a D. Ascent Capital Group is a holding company and owns Monitronics International, who provides monitored business and home security system services to more than 650,000 residential customers and commercial clients in the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico. The stock gets F’s in Earnings Momentum and Earnings Revisions. For a full analysis of ASCMA stock, visit Portfolio Grader.

Louis Navellier’s proprietary Portfolio Grader stock ranking system assesses roughly 5,000 companies every week based on a number of fundamental and quantitative measures. Stocks are given a letter grade based on their results — with A being “strong buy,” and F being “strong sell.” Explore the tool here.


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