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Old 11-13-2016,
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Default How to avoid losses when your stocks announce bad earnings?

what's the best way to save yourself from losses from bad earnings reports, it seems like im holding a few iffy companies that im not sure what kind of earnings theyre going to come out with. Should you sell the stock as soon as the reports come out if theyre bad? or what?
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Old 11-14-2016,
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short sell the stock before announcement.
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Old 11-15-2016,
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in my opinion, it can be risky selling or buying right away once earnings are announced. it usually takes some time to go over everything stated. the initial response by the market to an earnings report can often be wrong and the stock will sometimes move in the opposite direction once all the news is out and everything is analyzed.

my question to you is why are you investing in 'iffy companies'? maybe they're speculative plays? also, you haven't said if you're a trader or an investor in these co's. That plays a role too.
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Old 11-17-2016,
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my overall recommendation is to sell prior to earnings. if you're in some iffy co's and have no idea what to expect from their earnings, then i would get out now and find something else better. that's just more like gambling rather than investing or trading. just my opinion, hope you make some cash whatever you decide!
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Old 11-17-2016,
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If you are investing in companies soley on earnings reports, hence, purely as a speculative play (and you know NOTHING about the company).... then get out early if you discover the earnings news genuinely is negative. As someone said above, though, sometimes the report is conflicting and it takes a while for the facts, and market reaction, to pan out.

Try to have a plan of attack in your mind, beforehand.
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Old 11-18-2016,
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What I do if I want to make a quick earnings trade rather then a longer term investment (I call it my "Bird in the Hand" mindset), is research around looking for companies I think will head upwards, longer term, anyway so that even if the earnings report is negative and the stock price doesn't spike...I can switch them into my longer-term investment horizon and hopefully profit in an 8-18 month time frame.

Yeah, this goes against Cramer's general principal in that he says form a strategy and stick w/it....but I prefer doing it to taking a loss!
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