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3 shares I would probably sell this week

Looking to make some room in your portfolio for some new buy-ins?

I think these 3 stocks are possible sells this week.  Here’s why.

Metcash Limited (ASX: MTS)

Wholesale distribution and marketing company Metcash Limited is still smarting from the announcement its FY18 results would recognise a $352 million impairment to goodwill and other net assets in its supermarkets and convenience segment.

Citi retained its sell recommendation on Metcash back in late June with a $2.55 price target on its shares, which opened today at $2.58.

Citi didn’t see much merit in Metcash’s $125 million off-market share buyback at a price discount between 8% and 14% with a fixed capital component of 61c and the remainder a fully-franked dividend.

And with the loss of its major South Australian customer – Drakes Supermarkets – Metcash sure has a lot of challenges on the horizon at present, no doubt leaving many investors wondering if they should take some profit soon.

With its current price still slightly above Citi’s target it might be time.

Retail Food Group Limited (ASX: RFG)

Challenging market conditions continue to plague the beleaguered Retail Food Group – with its share price bottoming out – down 90% from this time last year to sit at 43c per share at the time of writing.

If you haven’t already jumped ship on Retail Food Group it might be time.

The company is considering asset sales to help solve its debt issues and has UBS on the case to oversee the situation. Nothing good is going to happen here anytime soon unless a significant capital raising is undertaken.

Selling out this low does defy the age-old “buy on a low, sell on a high” advice, but it’s unclear whether another high will ever eventuate for Retail Food Group given its current condition.

CSR Limited (ASX: CSR)

Building approvals are down across Australia, and when your core business is to manufacture and supply building materials, this isn’t a good sign.

Overall market trends are playing against CSR at present, and its share price could be in for even greater declines, despite already dropping 22% from a 52-week high of $5.74 in early May to $4.47 at the time of writing.

With such industry headwinds, it’s likely the whole building materials sector will suffer, and those who have interests in Brickworks Limited (ASX: BKW) and James Hardie Industries plc (ASX: JHX) should be doing their due diligence on these companies too to figure out if there is profit taking opportunity in sight.

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