NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Facebook (FB) - Get Report plans to report fiscal third-quarter earnings results on Wednesday after the close. TheStreet's Jim Cramer explained why he feels good about selling some of the Facebook position in the Action Alerts PLUS portfolio.
Cramer said he hates it when a company's shares run up in advance of an earnings report. Shares have roughly doubled in the three months since the company's last earnings release, Cramer noted.
In its second-quarter earnings report, Facebook gave investors what they had been demanding: Robust mobile monetization. As a reward, shareholders rapidly bid up the stock price.
Cramer questioned what would be next for the company and what would make investors say "wow" again.
He said he thinks the company will have many good things to say, but when expectations are high for a company, more times than not it sells off in the wake of its earnings report.
Unless Facebook talks about dramatically accelerating revenue growth, new applications or something that investors and analysts haven't even thought of yet, the stock likely will sell off, Cramer said.
-- Written by Bret Kenwell in Petoskey, Mich.
At the time of publication, Action Alerts PLUS, which Cramer co-manages as a charitable trust, was long FB.
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