Avoid a June Surprise: 3 Stocks to Sell Before They Plummet

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  • All stocks exhibit declining top-line growth and financial instability, impacting their forward profitability.
  • Zoom (ZM): The company is proactively addressing the stark slowdown in top-line growth and customer churn, demonstrating its commitment to resolving these issues.
  • Plug Power (PLUG): Its performance could be more volatile due to heavy reliance on seasonality, government funding, and bottom-line losses.
  • AMC Entertainment (AMC): Faces profitability challenges, including massive net losses and a negative EBITDA, and revenue is impacted by international performance variability.
Stocks to Sell - Avoid a June Surprise: 3 Stocks to Sell Before They Plummet

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In the always-changing stock market environment, selecting the right stocks to sell is as important as selecting the right ones to acquire. The investigation is centered on identifying underperforming companies and comprehending the signals that indicate when to sell. Understanding when to sell can improve portfolio performance overall and shield assets from large losses. Given the market’s volatility as June approaches, carefully examining assets is extremely important.

Meanwhile, one can avoid unanticipated downturns by regularly monitoring important financial measures, growth patterns, and market circumstances. This strategy aids in risk mitigation and resource reallocation to more attractive possibilities. With the important intelligence provided here, investors will be better equipped to manage the market’s complexity and take action ahead of any dips. Here, the emphasis is on the crucial elements that render particular stocks excellent candidates for bearish moves to safeguard and enhance an investment plan in light of market volatility.

Zoom (ZM)

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Zoom (NASDAQ:ZM) provides a platform for video conferencing, online meetings, and enterprise collaboration. Its top-line growth has considerably accelerated. The top-line growth was just , with $1.14 billion in total sales for Q1 fiscal 2025. This reflects a sharp flip against the exponential growth observed at the pandemic’s height. Despite a 5.3% YoY boost in enterprise revenue, the 3.2% total top-line growth indicates a solid decrease in .

Additionally, the boost in revenue was not uniform throughout the regions. While EMEA experienced a 2% YoY gain, APAC witnessed a 2% fall. The Americas saw YoY growth of 4%. This highlights the adversities prevailing in sustaining balanced growth in international markets. The adversities have emerged from aggressive competition and market saturation. In Q1 fiscal 2025, the average monthly churn rate increased from 3.1% in Q1 2024 to 3.2%, even though a 0.1% Churn Rate boost indicates a problem with client retention, especially given that top-line growth is already decreasing.

In summary, slowing top-line growth, high churn rates, and customer transition make Zoom an ideal mark on the stocks to sell list.

Plug Power (PLUG)

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Plug Power (NASDAQ:PLUG) engages in hydrogen fuel cell systems. These systems are used to power electric vehicles and provide stationary power solutions. Plug Power delivered a considerable for Q1 2024. Here, the company has issues with its bottom line. The timing of electrolyzer deployments and seasonality greatly impact Plug Power’s top-line numbers. For instance, H1 2024 may account for of the company’s total revenue for the year. Performance might become uneven if revenue creation is dependent on time and seasonality. 

Further, the Department of Energy (DOE) is providing a pending loan guarantee, and the corporation is awaiting conditional commitment approval. It demonstrated its reliance on government backing by securing prizes for multiple projects totaling up to $163 million. Changes in government policy or delays may affect when and how much financial help is supplied. Hence, this reliance may make the business less financially independent and more vulnerable to outside political and economic threats, which might impede its expansion goals.

Overall, Plug Power’s dependency on external financing and grants, seasonality and sales timing, and negative bottom line contribute to its listing among the top stocks to sell.

AMC Entertainment (AMC)

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AMC Entertainment (NYSE:AMC), the largest movie theater chain, reported a stable top-line  in Q1 2024, in line with Q1 2023. However, the company’s bottom line remains in the red, with a net loss of—$163.5 million in Q1 2024. The decline in the adjusted EBITDA, from positive $7.1 million in Q1 2023 to negative $31.6 million in Q1 2024, indicates that operational profit generation is still a challenge for the company.

Moreover, with overall revenue per patron (RPP) falling by 2.9%, admissions RPP falling by 2%, and food and beverage RPP falling by 1.4%, the foreign segment’s results were less clear. Local content offerings and the country mix had an impact on these decreases. Overall, per-patron indicators were negatively impacted, for example, by a significant attendance increase in Italy, a region with  revenue per patron, combined with declining attendance in higher revenue-per-patron areas such as Sweden and Germany.

In short, top- and bottom-line declines with international performance variability place AMC Entertainment’s stock on the stocks to sell list.

On the date of publication, Yiannis Zourmpanos did not hold (either directly or indirectly) any positions in the securities mentioned in this article. The opinions expressed in this article are those of the writer, subject to the InvestorPlace.com Publishing Guidelines.

Yiannis Zourmpanos is the founder of Yiazou Capital Research, a stock-market research platform designed to elevate the due diligence process through in-depth business analysis.


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