Weekly Upgrades and Downgrades

During these busy times, it pays to stay on top of the latest profit opportunities. And today’s blog post should be a great place to start. After taking a close look at the latest data on institutional buying pressure and each company’s fundamental health, I decided to revise my Portfolio Grader recommendations for 74 big blue chips. Chances are that you have at least one of these stocks in your portfolio, so you may want to give this list a skim and act accordingly.

This Week’s Ratings Changes:

Upgraded: From Hold to Buy
Symbol Company Name Quantitative
Grade
Fundamental
Grade
Total
Grade
ALLY Ally Financial Inc B C B
ALNY Alnylam Pharmaceuticals, Inc B C B
ASX ASE Technology Holding Co., Ltd. B B B
EXAS Exact Sciences Corporation B D B
GM General Motors Company B A B
KDP Keurig Dr Pepper Inc. B C B
LH Laboratory Corporation of America Holdings C A B
LLY Eli Lilly and Company B C B
Upgraded: From Sell to Hold
Symbol Company Name Quantitative
Grade
Fundamental
Grade
Total
Grade
BEN Franklin Resources, Inc. C C C
BSAC Banco Santander-Chile Sponsored ADR C C C
CG Carlyle Group Inc D B C
CM Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce C C C
DISCK Discovery, Inc. Class C D C C
HAL Halliburton Company C C C
LDOS Leidos Holdings, Inc. D C C
NBIX Neurocrine Biosciences, Inc. C D C
PNC PNC Financial Services Group, Inc. D C C
STX Seagate Technology PLC D C C
VIACA ViacomCBS Inc. Class A C B C
WMB Williams Companies, Inc. D C C
Downgraded: From Buy to Hold
Symbol Company Name Quantitative
Grade
Fundamental
Grade
Total
Grade
ABB ABB Ltd. Sponsored ADR C C C
ANSS ANSYS, Inc. B C C
ATHM Autohome, Inc. Sponsored ADR Class A C C C
BBL BHP Group Plc Sponsored ADR C C C
BR Broadridge Financial Solutions, Inc. C C C
CABO Cable One, Inc. C C C
CHRW C.H. Robinson Worldwide, Inc. B C C
CSGP CoStar Group, Inc. B C C
EA Electronic Arts Inc. B C C
EDU New Oriental Education & Technology Group, Inc. B C C
GIS General Mills, Inc. C C C
GOOG Alphabet Inc. Class C C B C
GOOGL Alphabet Inc. Class A C B C
GRMN Garmin Ltd. C B C
INTU Intuit Inc. C B C
MCK McKesson Corporation C C C
MGA Magna International Inc. C C C
MS Morgan Stanley C C C
NLOK NortonLifeLock Inc. B C C
ORCL Oracle Corporation C C C
PCTY Paylocity Holding Corp. C B C
PKX POSCO Sponsored ADR C C C
RACE Ferrari NV C C C
SHW Sherwin-Williams Company C C C
STE STERIS Plc C C C
SWKS Skyworks Solutions, Inc. C C C
VRSK Verisk Analytics Inc C B C
XPO XPO Logistics, Inc. C C C
Downgraded: From Hold to Sell
Symbol Company Name Quantitative
Grade
Fundamental
Grade
Total
Grade
BF.A Brown-Forman Corporation Class A D C D
CCEP Coca-Cola European Partners Plc D C D
CMCSA Comcast Corporation Class A D C D
CNQ Canadian Natural Resources Limited D C D
ECL Ecolab Inc. D D D
ELAN Elanco Animal Health, Inc. D D D
GPC Genuine Parts Company D C D
GPN Global Payments Inc. D C D
HEI HEICO Corporation D C D
HSY Hershey Company D C D
IEX IDEX Corporation D C D
INFO IHS Markit Ltd. D C D
IT Gartner, Inc. D C D
JKHY Jack Henry & Associates, Inc. D C D
MCO Moody’s Corporation D C D
MPW Medical Properties Trust, Inc. D C D
NUE Nucor Corporation D C D
PCG PG&E Corporation D D D
PEP PepsiCo, Inc. D C D
ROP Roper Technologies, Inc. D C D
SBAC SBA Communications Corp. Class A D C D
SBUX Starbucks Corporation D C D
SSNC SS&C Technologies Holdings, Inc. D B D
SWK Stanley Black & Decker, Inc. D B D
WCN Waste Connections, Inc. D C D

To stay on top of my latest stock ratings, plug your holdings into Portfolio Grader, my proprietary stock screening tool. You may get started here.

Sincerely,
Louis Navellier

Louis Navellier

Finding Stocks Poised to Skyrocket

Imagine how your life would be different with just a few critical calls in the market.

Imagine your life if you had bought:

  • Microsoft for 39 cents per share.
  • Apple for $1.38 per share
  • Cisco for 50 cents per share.

I recommended those stocks at those prices….and my subscribers collected massive gains.

And I live a comfortable life because of those calls and many, many others with similar huge gains.

I didn’t achieve those gains with market timing, or just by getting lucky.

I’m a numbers guy.

I have loved math my entire life and I have used math and technology to help me find the stocks poised to make huge moves in the market.

But I still wasn’t satisfied. I knew that math and technology could lead me to find the stocks that are poised to soar in a much shorter period of time.

I’ve been working on this project for years, and now – finally – I’m ready to share it with everyone.

I call this effort “Project Mastermind.”

Even just a few years ago, this kind of analysis was more like a dream than reality.

Using modern technology and loads of data, I am able to identify which stocks are ready to skyrocket, and the gains can come in months, not years!

Gains like these can be a retirement game changer. A chance to collect triple-digit returns in a short time.

And now, I’m ready to unveil this system to the world.

We all know technology is changing the world around us, and its’s changing the way we invest too.

Click here to hear more from me about how my system works, and tune in today at 4 p.m., as I unveil my system and give you my #1 Project Mastermind stock!

The Editor (Louis Navellier) hereby discloses that as of the date of this email, the Editor (Louis Navellier), directly or indirectly, owns the following securities that are the subject of the commentary, analysis, opinions, advice, or recommendations in, or which are otherwise mentioned in, the essay set forth below:

History Repeats Itself (And You Can Cash In)

There’s a bit of controversy in the market right now. One camp says, “Stocks are about to soar. The fourth-quarter earnings season is here!” The other camp says, “There’s too much headline risk from rising political tensions, the coronavirus pandemic, struggling U.S. economy and more.”

So, which is it?

Folks, the numbers don’t lie. The analyst community has continued to increase its fourth-quarter earnings outlook over the past three months, which bodes well for wave-after-wave of quarterly earnings surprises. According to FactSet, the S&P 500’s fourth-quarter earnings are now forecast to decline 8.8% year-over-year, which compares to previous forecasts for a 12.7% decline.

So, just keep watching the market’s best stocks, and buy the dips. Don’t get too distracted by the naysayers. They’ll always find something negative.

When I was in college, for example, my economics professor told me that the stock market could not be beat… that you might as well put your money into index funds and call it a day.

But then I wrote an algorithm that crushed the S&P by a factor of more than 3-to-1. My algorithm worked so well, in fact, that I even began publishing stock recommendations out of my dorm room. I wasn’t even 19 yet!

Yep, new technologies and investing can be a powerful combination, if you have a few programming skills.

I’m proud to say I was there for some of the biggest success stories in the past 30 years. Let’s take a quick look back, because these events are still very instructive today. Keep these lessons in mind next time there’s a bad earnings headline, or some other excuse for the “permabears” to spout gloom and doom on TV.

How I Discovered the Most Innovative Companies Before The Crowd

I’m an investor who likes to “follow the money.” So, I’m constantly fine-tuning my stock picking system – and finding exciting new applications for my methods. My latest is called Project Mastermind.

And back in the day, I wrote a proprietary trading code that uncovered Oracle (ORCL) when it was trading for just $6 per share… well before it became one of the leading and most valuable software corporations in America and traded north of $45.

It zeroed in on Google (GOOGL) way back before most Americans had even heard of the company. Today, it’s over $1,000 per share!

MarketWatch even recognized me as “The advisor who recommended Google before anyone else.” But it wasn’t really me who first spotted it; it was my proprietary algorithms. All I had to do was know a good thing when I saw it.

That’s also how I uncovered other huge winners too, like Apple (AAPL) and Intel (INTC), all before they became big household names.

In fact, the environment right now feels very much like it did when I bought Intel in the 1980s.

Lessons of the PC Revolution

I vividly remember the days of mainframe computers. That’s what I used back when I was working on my trading algorithms in college. Mainframes were massive and by today’s standards slow and rudimentary.

So I was just as excited as anyone by the PC revolution.

And remember: They all had “Intel inside.”

It was a tiny device – the silicon microchip – that barely anyone had heard of when IBM started putting them into the first PCs. But Intel’s chips were far and away the best.

Today, you’ll still find “Intel inside” just about every PC in the world. And its stock price has gone up 11,875%!

Through hundreds of hours of research, I discovered how an elite type of stock consistently outperformed the broad market, year in and year out. After extensive analysis, I isolated the eight key qualities that these super-performing stocks shared… and I developed a system for riding them.

Now, on January 19, at 4 p.m. ET, I’m hosting a special event where I unveil Project Mastermind and reveal the stock, I’ve rated number one based on insights from Project Mastermind – ticker symbol and all. Click here to sign up and join us.

The Editor (Louis Navellier) hereby discloses that as of the date of this email, the Editor (Louis Navellier), directly or indirectly, owns the following securities that are the subject of the commentary, analysis, opinions, advice, or recommendations in, or which are otherwise mentioned in, the essay set forth below:

Weekly Upgrades and Downgrades

During these busy times, it pays to stay on top of the latest profit opportunities. And today’s blog post should be a great place to start. After taking a close look at the latest data on institutional buying pressure and each company’s fundamental health, I decided to revise my Portfolio Grader recommendations for 84 big blue chips. Chances are that you have at least one of these stocks in your portfolio, so you may want to give this list a skim and act accordingly.

This Week’s Ratings Changes:

Upgraded: From Hold to Buy
Symbol Company Name Quantitative
Grade
Fundamental
Grade
Total
Grade
ABB ABB Ltd. Sponsored ADR B C B
APTV Aptiv PLC B B B
BBL BHP Group Plc Sponsored ADR B C B
FFIV F5 Networks, Inc. B C B
FRC First Republic Bank B C B
GRMN Garmin Ltd. B B B
MGA Magna International Inc. B C B
MOS Mosaic Company B C B
NDAQ Nasdaq, Inc. B C B
ON ON Semiconductor Corporation B B B
Upgraded: From Sell to Hold
Symbol Company Name Quantitative
Grade
Fundamental
Grade
Total
Grade
BCH Banco de Chile Sponsored ADR C C C
CE Celanese Corporation C C C
CNQ Canadian Natural Resources Limited C C C
CRH CRH Plc Sponsored ADR C C C
DISCA Discovery, Inc. Class A D C C
GE General Electric Company D C C
GPC Genuine Parts Company D C C
HBAN Huntington Bancshares Incorporated C C C
KEY KeyCorp D C C
NUE Nucor Corporation C C C
Downgraded: From Buy to Hold
Symbol Company Name Quantitative
Grade
Fundamental
Grade
Total
Grade
ACN Accenture Plc Class A C C C
AJG Arthur J. Gallagher & Co. C B C
AKAM Akamai Technologies, Inc. C C C
CAG Conagra Brands, Inc. C B C
CCK Crown Holdings, Inc. C B C
CHKP Check Point Software Technologies C C C
CHTR Charter Communications, Inc. Class A C C C
CPRT Copart, Inc. C C C
CRM salesforce.com, inc. C B C
CTAS Cintas Corporation C C C
EFX Equifax Inc. C B C
EL Estee Lauder Companies Inc. Class A C C C
EXAS Exact Sciences Corporation B D C
EXPD Expeditors International of Washington C C C
FB Facebook, Inc. Class A C B C
FICO Fair Isaac Corporation C B C
ISRG Intuitive Surgical, Inc. C C C
LEN Lennar Corporation Class A C B C
LEN.B Lennar Corporation Class B C B C
LH Laboratory Corporation of America C A C
LLY Eli Lilly and Company B C C
NVO Novo Nordisk A/S Sponsored ADR C C C
PG Procter & Gamble Company C C C
PLAN Anaplan, Inc. C C C
TAL TAL Education Group Sponsored B C C
UBER Uber Technologies, Inc. B D C
WDAY Workday, Inc. Class A C C C
ZTS Zoetis, Inc. Class A C C C
Downgraded: From Hold to Sell
Symbol Company Name Quantitative
Grade
Fundamental
Grade
Total
Grade
ADP Automatic Data Processing, Inc. D C D
ANTM Anthem, Inc. D C D
ARE Alexandria Real Estate Equities, Inc. D C D
BEN Franklin Resources, Inc. D C D
BMY Bristol-Myers Squibb Company D C D
CG Carlyle Group Inc D B D
COO Cooper Companies, Inc. D D D
DRE Duke Realty Corporation D C D
EQH Equitable Holdings, Inc. D D D
EXR Extra Space Storage Inc. D C D
HMC Honda Motor Co., Ltd. D B D
INVH Invitation Homes, Inc. D B D
LDOS Leidos Holdings, Inc. D C D
MA Mastercard Incorporated Class A D D D
MDLZ Mondelez International, Inc. Class A D C D
MMC Marsh & McLennan Companies, Inc. D C D
PAYX Paychex, Inc. D C D
PFE Pfizer Inc. D C D
PLD Prologis, Inc. D C D
PSA Public Storage D D D
ROST Ross Stores, Inc. D C D
RYAAY Ryanair Holdings Plc Sponsored ADR C F D
SPGI S&P Global, Inc. D C D
STX Seagate Technology PLC D C D
SUI Sun Communities, Inc. D B D
TDG TransDigm Group Incorporated D D D
TFX Teleflex Incorporated D C D
TRI Thomson Reuters Corporation D C D
TRU TransUnion D C D
TRV Travelers Companies, Inc. D C D
TXT Textron Inc. D C D
ULTA Ulta Beauty Inc D D D
V Visa Inc. Class A D C D
VRSN VeriSign, Inc. F C D
XEL Xcel Energy Inc. D C D
YUM Yum! Brands, Inc. D C D

To stay on top of my latest stock ratings, plug your holdings into Portfolio Grader, my proprietary stock screening tool. You may get started here.

Sincerely,
Louis Navellier

Louis Navellier

How AI is Helping in the Fight Against COVID-19

2020 may well have been one of the most significant years for the healthcare industry in decades, as companies produced COVID-19 vaccines at lightning speed.

Artificial intelligence (AI) was a major player in creating a COVID-19 vaccine in literally record time, with several big-time healthcare companies – Pfizer (PFE), AstraZenenca (AZN) and Moderna (MRNA) – bringing COVID-19 vaccines to market in a matter of months. For some perspective, it took about four years for the mumps vaccine to be rolled out in the 1960s.

So far, 5.3 million people have been vaccinated in the U.S. Healthcare workers and residents of long-term care facilities were offered the vaccine first. Next in line to be vaccinated are frontline essential workers and people over the age of 75.

The reality is AI plays a huge role in the future of healthcare, due to its predictive analysis and essentially limitless access to information. All of the drug trial and vaccine data that needed to be analyzed was done significantly faster thanks to the help of AI.

The technology also aided researchers by suggesting chemical modifications, identifying existing drug candidates that could be repurposed, and scanning other research from data libraries to assist in the making of the vaccine.

Outside of vaccines, AI assisted in predicting COVID-19 patient outcomes. An algorithm was created using lab test and chest x-ray data to determine who is at the highest risk of needing intubation once arriving at the hospital. This helped doctors make more informed decisions and, ultimately, saved lives.

All of this AI technology is helping the healthcare industry grow at an incredible rate. Since 2018, the sector has increased by an average of 4.5%. In 2019 alone, Americans spent $3.65 trillion on healthcare, which amounts to 17.8% of the entire GDP.

Clearly, there’s a significant amount of growth that remains in this sector, and to my InvestorPlace colleague, Matt McCall, and me, that spells opportunity.

It’s why we recommended a healthcare company with a new type of software that assists in drug discovery and development to our Power Portfolio 2021 in December. It can help predict better drug study outcomes, help scientists have a better understanding of potential new medicines and use data to improve drug formulas and optimize their designs.

We like that the company sees only one significant competitor at the moment. While new competition can never be ruled out, the barriers for entry in the software industry are high thanks to regulatory considerations.

This strong competitive position has led to consistent revenue growth and increasing profitability over the last five years. The company has no debt and a growing cash balance, positioning it well to invest for more growth both internally and through further acquisitions.

This isn’t the only healthcare company we like right now, there are three other companies in our Power Portfolio that are great buying opportunities. For full details, sign up here.

The bottom line: There’s a lot of potential in the healthcare space thanks to new technologies, and we believe that we have found the best high-quality stocks to play the massive upside. If you want to get in early, now is the time to join us.

 

P.S. Matt and I just released another tech stock recommendation for our Power Portfolio 2021 on Wednesday that is leading their market. This company makes semiconductors that have special capabilities which lends them particularly useful in the expansion of 5G and the Internet of Things (IoT). Its earnings are expected to surge a stunning 285% over the next couple of years, so there is no better time to invest than now. For more information on this stock, click here. 

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Weekly Upgrades and Downgrades

During these busy times, it pays to stay on top of the latest profit opportunities. And today’s blog post should be a great place to start. After taking a close look at the latest data on institutional buying pressure and each company’s fundamental health, I decided to revise my Portfolio Grader recommendations for 41 big blue chips. Chances are that you have at least one of these stocks in your portfolio, so you may want to give this list a skim and act accordingly.

This Week’s Ratings Changes:

Upgraded: From Hold to Buy
Symbol Company Name Quantitative
Grade
Fundamental
Grade
Total
Grade
ACN Accenture Plc Class A B C B
ADI Analog Devices, Inc. B C B
BHP BHP Group Ltd Sponsored ADR B C B
CAG Conagra Brands, Inc. B B B
CTAS Cintas Corporation B C B
CTVA Corteva Inc B C B
NVO Novo Nordisk A/S Sponsored ADR Class B B C B
PG Procter & Gamble Company B C B
PKG Packaging Corporation of America B C B
PKX POSCO Sponsored ADR B C B
SWKS Skyworks Solutions, Inc. B C B
ZTS Zoetis, Inc. Class A B C B
Upgraded: From Sell to Hold
Symbol Company Name Quantitative
Grade
Fundamental
Grade
Total
Grade
ANTM Anthem, Inc. C C C
BEN Franklin Resources, Inc. C C C
BMY Bristol-Myers Squibb Company D C C
CNC Centene Corporation D B C
EXPE Expedia Group, Inc. C D C
GILD Gilead Sciences, Inc. C C C
KB KB Financial Group Inc. Sponsored ADR D B C
MDLZ Mondelez International, Inc. Class A C C C
NTR Nutrien Ltd. C D C
TEVA Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Limited C D C
ULTA Ulta Beauty Inc C D C
V Visa Inc. Class A C C C
VIAC ViacomCBS Inc. Class B D B C
VMC Vulcan Materials Company C C C
XEL Xcel Energy Inc. C C C
Downgraded: From Buy to Hold
Symbol Company Name Quantitative
Grade
Fundamental
Grade
Total
Grade
BAH Booz Allen Hamilton Holding Corp. C C C
DHI D.R. Horton, Inc. C B C
FBHS Fortune Brands Home & Security, Inc. C B C
LBRDA Liberty Broadband Corp. Class A C C C
LBRDK Liberty Broadband Corp. Class C C C C
SRPT Sarepta Therapeutics, Inc. B D C
WHR Whirlpool Corporation C B C
Downgraded: From Hold to Sell
Symbol Company Name Quantitative
Grade
Fundamental
Grade
Total
Grade
BCH Banco de Chile Sponsored ADR D C D
CM Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce D C D
GE General Electric Company D C D
MSI Motorola Solutions, Inc. D D D
OTEX Open Text Corporation D B D
TDY Teledyne Technologies Incorporated D C D
WPC W. P. Carey Inc. D B D

To stay on top of my latest stock ratings, plug your holdings into Portfolio Grader, my proprietary stock screening tool. You may get started here.

Sincerely,
Louis Navellier

Louis Navellier

The Dark Horse in the Electric Vehicle Race

Competition is heating up in the electric vehicle (EV) space. Investors have largely focused on three companies recently: Tesla (TSLA), Volkswagen Group (VWAGY) and QuantumScape Corporation (QS).

But what if I told you there’s another horse in this race? I’m talking about Apple (AAPL).

Apple has flown under the radar for some time now, secretly working on its own electric vehicle, Project Titan, since 2014. The project has been rumored and then shelved several times, but Apple looks to be finally moving forward with its own self-driving car technology, targeting 2024 for its release date.

Personally, I predict that the Apple car will be made by VW Group, which invested $300 million in QuantumScape before it went public. Interestingly, there has been a “revolving door” between Apple’s Titan team and VW Group’s Project Artemis, nicknamed “LandJet,” to build the first truly revolutionary vehicle with solid-state batteries for Audi, Bentley and Porsche (all owned by VW Group).

The most important person that has gone back and forth from the Titan and LandJet teams is Alexander Hitzinger, who also helped Porsche develop its 919 racecar that won the LeMans race three times and set the track record at Nürburgring, Spa and other famous racetracks.  The 919 racecar is incredible; it was faster at Spa than a Formula 1 racecar with only a 4-cylinder engine and its hybrid technology.

Hitzinger was lured away from Apple’s Titan project by VW Group and announced back in January that VW Autonomy would show off autonomous buses at the World Cup in 2022. 

Regarding Project Artemis, Hitzinger said that “The idea behind Artemis is to have a comprehensive understanding of the vehicle.  When something is optimized, this has knock-on effects and these need to be understood.”  He added that “The human-machine interface, the interior design, the exterior design, aerodynamics and the range are all interconnected.  If I modify something on the exterior, it will impact the aerodynamics and the efficiency.”

Both Apple and VW Group want to introduce their revolutionary vehicles in 2024, which is when QuantumScape will open its first plant to build solid-state batteries before building a second bigger plant in 2025. Essentially, the timelines for both Apple and VW Group are identical, so I am expecting the new “people’s car” to be an Apple vehicle built by VW Group, which will also make a “LandJet” for Audi, Bentley and Porsche.  By combining two highly respected brand names to make a new autonomous people’s car, Apple and VW are both guaranteed to be big winners.

With all the “buzz” about the new Apple car and QuantumScape being the likely solid-state battery supplier, TSLA has been consolidating. The Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) money that has been chasing “disruptive change,” like Tesla and QuantumScape, do not care about fundamentals like sales, earnings and price-to-earnings ratios.

QuantumScape, in particular, is significantly overbought. The stock briefly hit a $47 billion market cap last week, but keep in mind that its first plant is not scheduled to open until 2024 and is not forecasted to make money until 2027. The truth of the matter is the stock does not have the fundamentals to support its sky-high valuation, so do not be surprised if it consolidates, like it did today.

It’s why I only invest in fundamentally superior growth stocks. These are the types of growing companies that investors will rotate to as Wall Street looks past the hype and focuses more on company fundamentals.

This is especially important as the fourth-quarter earnings season kicks off in mid-January. This will be another phenomenal earnings season, thanks to easy year-over-year comparisons. My Growth Investor Buy Lists are chock full with fundamentally superior companies, so I expect investors to gravitate to my high-quality stocks and drive them higher as their earnings reports roll out.

If you want to get into position to ride the next earnings wave, please join me at Growth Investor today.

And on that note, I’d like to wrap up today’s article by wishing you a happy and healthy New Year! The stock market will be closed on Friday, January 1, as will the InvestorPlace offices. I will be back in touch with my next Market360 article on Saturday, so stay tuned!

Note: There’s a great divide that’s opening up in America. On one side is a new aristocracy that’s amassing more wealth, more quickly than any other group in American history. For people like me, the one percent, life has never been better, more prosperous.

On the other side, the opposite is happening. Wealth is flowing out of the pockets of ordinary Americans at an unprecedented rate.

The thing is, what’s happening is only going to gather in strength over the coming decades. It certainly won’t weaken.

Few Americans even know that any of this is going on. I’ve never seen anyone from my side of the chasm step forward to explain any of these things.

That’s why I put together this video. In it, I’ll lay out exactly what is happening, including several key steps every American should take right now.

It doesn’t matter if you have $500 in savings or $5 million. You can benefit from the information in this video.

It’s free to watch and by doing so I know you’ll be ahead of everyone else struggling to understand what is really going on.

Note: The Editor hereby discloses that as of the date of this email, the Editor, directly or indirectly, owns the following securities that are the subject of the commentary, analysis, opinions, advice, or recommendations in, or which are otherwise mentioned in, the essay set forth below:

Weekly Upgrades and Downgrades

During these busy times, it pays to stay on top of the latest profit opportunities. And today’s blog post should be a great place to start. After taking a close look at the latest data on institutional buying pressure and each company’s fundamental health, I decided to revise my Portfolio Grader recommendations for 37 big blue chips. Chances are that you have at least one of these stocks in your portfolio, so you may want to give this list a skim and act accordingly.

This Week’s Ratings Changes:

Upgraded: From Hold to Buy
Symbol Company Name Quantitative
Grade
Fundamental
Grade
Total
Grade
CCK Crown Holdings, Inc. B B B
CHKP Check Point Software Technologies Ltd. B C B
MS Morgan Stanley B B B
MT ArcelorMittal SA ADR B C B
Upgraded: From Sell to Hold
Symbol Company Name Quantitative
Grade
Fundamental
Grade
Total
Grade
BURL Burlington Stores, Inc. C D C
EQH Equitable Holdings, Inc. C D C
FITB Fifth Third Bancorp D C C
OTEX Open Text Corporation D B C
SYF Synchrony Financial C D C
TXT Textron Inc. C C C
WPC W. P. Carey Inc. D B C
Downgraded: From Buy to Hold
Symbol Company Name Quantitative
Grade
Fundamental
Grade
Total
Grade
ACN Accenture Plc Class A C C C
BABA Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. C C C
BHP BHP Group Ltd Sponsored ADR C C C
CTAS Cintas Corporation C C C
CTVA Corteva Inc B C C
FDS FactSet Research Systems Inc. C C C
KSU Kansas City Southern B C C
NVO Novo Nordisk A/S Sponsored ADR B C C
PAGS PagSeguro Digital Ltd. Class A B C C
ZTS Zoetis, Inc. Class A C C C
Downgraded: From Hold to Sell
Symbol Company Name Quantitative
Grade
Fundamental
Grade
Total
Grade
BMY Bristol-Myers Squibb Company D C D
CNC Centene Corporation D B D
CNQ Canadian Natural Resources Limited D C D
CRH CRH Plc Sponsored ADR D C D
EMR Emerson Electric Co. D C D
GILD Gilead Sciences, Inc. D C D
KB KB Financial Group Inc. D B D
KEP Korea Electric Power Corporation D C D
MCD McDonald’s Corporation D C D
MDLZ Mondelez International, Inc. Class A D C D
RSG Republic Services, Inc. D C D
TCOM Trip.com Group Ltd. Sponsored ADR D B D
ULTA Ulta Beauty Inc D D D
V Visa Inc. Class A D C D
VTR Ventas, Inc. D D D

To stay on top of my latest stock ratings, plug your holdings into Portfolio Grader, my proprietary stock screening tool. You may get started here.

Sincerely,
Louis Navellier

Louis Navellier

Power Up Your Portfolio Before the Holidays

Can you feel the holiday cheer spreading across Main Street? I know I can practically hear the sleigh bells ringing! Wall Street is also beginning to be in better spirits, too. The reality is we’re in the seasonally strong time of year for the stock market. We saw this start in November, which tends to be the seasonally strongest month for the stock market.

Some of this strength came on the heels of record holiday sales. Take Black Friday, for example. Consumers spent a stunning $9 billion online – a new Black Friday record – up from $7.4 billion last year. According to Adobe Analytics, that’s the second-largest online shopping day ever. Interestingly, this past November was also a new record for mobile sales, which accounted for nearly 40% of the revenue for online spending over the course of the month.

On Thanksgiving, consumers spent $5.1 billion, 21.5% higher than last year. So, when you tally it all up, consumers spent $14.1 billion in just two days!

So, what about Cyber Monday, you ask? Well, this online shopping day also broke records – bringing in $10.8 billion. Not only did this beat Black Friday, but it also topped the $10.4 billion Amazon (AMZN) scored during Amazon Prime Day this year. This means that this year’s Cyber Monday was the largest online shopping day on record!

Not to sound too much like a broken record (pun intended!), but clearly this holiday shopping season was one for the record books!

Looking forward, I expect the December rally to really rev up in the second half of the month. You see, as we move closer to the Christmas holiday, folks naturally cheer up, and this holiday spirit spreads to Wall Street.

In addition, the weak U.S. dollar may give some stocks a nice leg up, too. The U.S. dollar can positively or negatively impact earnings. Approximately half of the S&P 500’s sales are from outside the U.S, and when the U.S. dollar is weak it boosts both sales and earnings.

In other words, multinationals and international companies are usually the biggest beneficiaries of the weaker U.S. dollar, as it creates windfall profits.

That’s certainly been the case this year. A lot of big tech companies prospered thanks to the weak U.S. dollar in 2020. Case in point: The NASDAQ has soared 42% year-to-date. In comparison, the S&P 500 has only climbed about 15%, while the Dow is up about 6% so far this year.

So, if you invest in the right high-quality companies, then your portfolio is well-positioned to make windfall profits, too.

That’s just one of the catalysts InvestorPlace colleague Matt McCall and I are positioning for in our Power Portfolio 2021, which, I might add, is already up over 3% as I write this.

Lock and Load Time

This last week before the holidays is the perfect time to “lock and load” for the next year. If you’re not sure where to look, then I encourage you to check out our Power Portfolio 2021.

Matt and I don’t want you to do “average” next year, we want you to bring in extraordinary returns.

So, the Power Portfolio 2021 is our exclusive guide for positioning your portfolio to take advantage of all next year will have to offer investors. We’ve honed in on 9 stocks we expect to crush the market and released all the names on Thursday.

If you’re interested in being a part of this exciting wealth-building journey, please click here. After you sign up, you’ll have full access to our full Power Portfolio 2021 Buy List, all of which are trekking higher already.

Note: The Editor hereby discloses that as of the date of this email, the Editor, directly or indirectly, owns the following securities that are the subject of the commentary, analysis, opinions, advice, or recommendations in, or which are otherwise mentioned in, the essay set forth below:

Amazon (AMZN)

Weekly Upgrades and Downgrades

During these busy times, it pays to stay on top of the latest profit opportunities. And today’s blog post should be a great place to start. After taking a close look at the latest data on institutional buying pressure and each company’s fundamental health, I decided to revise my Portfolio Grader recommendations for 78 big blue chips. Chances are that you have at least one of these stocks in your portfolio, so you may want to give this list a skim and act accordingly.

This Week’s Ratings Changes:

Upgraded: From Hold to Buy
Symbol Company Name Quantitative
Grade
Fundamental
Grade
Total
Grade
AJG Arthur J. Gallagher & Co. B B B
AVGO Broadcom Inc. B C B
BGNE BeiGene, Ltd. Sponsored ADR B C B
CCK Crown Holdings, Inc. B B B
CPRT Copart, Inc. B C B
EFX Equifax Inc. B B B
GDDY GoDaddy, Inc. Class A B C B
LH Laboratory Corporation of America Holdings C A B
MKC.V McCormick & Company, Incorporated B C B
SHW Sherwin-Williams Company B C B
Upgraded: From Sell to Hold
Symbol Company Name Quantitative
Grade
Fundamental
Grade
Total
Grade
ARE Alexandria Real Estate Equities, Inc. C C C
CG Carlyle Group Inc D B C
CI Cigna Corporation C C C
DIS Walt Disney Company C D C
EMR Emerson Electric Co. C C C
ES Eversource Energy C C C
HCA HCA Healthcare Inc C D C
IBN ICICI Bank Limited Sponsored ADR D B C
LII Lennox International Inc. C C C
LYFT Lyft Inc Class A C D C
MPW Medical Properties Trust, Inc. C C C
ORLY O’Reilly Automotive, Inc. D C C
PLD Prologis, Inc. C C C
PM Philip Morris International Inc. C C C
TM Toyota Motor Corp. Sponsored ADR C C C
TRV Travelers Companies, Inc. D C C
TXT Textron Inc. C C C
VTR Ventas, Inc. C D C
Downgraded: From Buy to Hold
Symbol Company Name Quantitative
Grade
Fundamental
Grade
Total
Grade
ABB ABB Ltd. Sponsored ADR C C C
ACN Accenture Plc Class A C C C
ADI Analog Devices, Inc. C C C
ANSS ANSYS, Inc. B C C
APH Amphenol Corporation Class A C B C
BBY Best Buy Co., Inc. C B C
BF.B Brown-Forman Corporation Class B C C C
CAT Caterpillar Inc. B C C
CMI Cummins Inc. C C C
DHI D.R. Horton, Inc. C B C
EDU New Oriental Education & Technology Group, Inc. B C C
EL Estee Lauder Companies Inc. Class A C C C
EXPD Expeditors International of Washington, Inc. C B C
GLW Corning Inc C B C
INFO IHS Markit Ltd. C C C
IR Ingersoll Rand Inc. C C C
J Jacobs Engineering Group Inc. C C C
MS Morgan Stanley C C C
NLOK NortonLifeLock Inc. B C C
NWSA News Corporation Class A B C C
PAGS PagSeguro Digital Ltd. Class A B C C
PH Parker-Hannifin Corporation C C C
SRPT Sarepta Therapeutics, Inc. B D C
STM STMicroelectronics NV ADR RegS C C C
SWKS Skyworks Solutions, Inc. C C C
TROW T. Rowe Price Group C C C
UBS UBS Group AG C B C
URI United Rentals, Inc. B C C
Downgraded: From Hold to Sell
Symbol Company Name Quantitative
Grade
Fundamental
Grade
Total
Grade
AMT American Tower Corporation D C D
BKNG Booking Holdings Inc. D D D
BMY Bristol-Myers Squibb Company D C D
CNHI CNH Industrial NV D C D
COO Cooper Companies, Inc. D D D
CQP Cheniere Energy Partners, L.P. D D D
CRH CRH Plc Sponsored ADR D C D
ELAN Elanco Animal Health, Inc. D D D
EXPE Expedia Group, Inc. C D D
FITB Fifth Third Bancorp D C D
MA Mastercard Incorporated Class A D D D
NGG National Grid plc Sponsored ADR D C D
ROST Ross Stores, Inc. D C D
SAN Banco Santander S.A. Sponsored ADR D B D
SNY Sanofi Sponsored ADR D C D
TCOM Trip.com Group Ltd. Sponsored ADR D B D
VZ Verizon Communications Inc. D C D
WAT Waters Corporation D D D
WDC Western Digital Corporation D D D
WEC WEC Energy Group Inc D C D
WLTW Willis Towers Watson Public Limited Company D C D
XEL Xcel Energy Inc. D C D

To stay on top of my latest stock ratings, plug your holdings into Portfolio Grader, my proprietary stock screening tool. You may get started here.

Sincerely,
Louis Navellier

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