Is Apple a Buy After Its Annual Event?

The holidays may be a few months away, but one glance at the headlines shows that Christmas has come early for gadget lovers. Amid much fanfare, Apple Inc. (AAPL) unveiled a number of new products that will hit shelves over the next few months. Let’s take a look at the highlights and determine whether or not AAPL stock is a buy right now.

As usual, the biggest announcement involved the new iPhone 13. The tech giant announced the new iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 Pro will have low light capabilities, for capturing better photos in dark settings, as well as astrophotography capabilities.

The new iPhones will feature Apple’s ProMotion technology, which aids in refresh rates. This technology makes gameplay and scrolling quick while the refresh rate slows down when not needed, improving battery life.

In terms of design, there isn’t much news. Apple did shrink the size of the notch at the top of the phone’s display for more screen space as well as rearrange the orientation of the rear cameras.

The company also unveiled its new Apple Watch Series 7 with a 20% larger display. However, folks have to wait until later this fall for the new iWatch, but can put in reservations. Apple also announced new and improved iPads and iPad minis. The tablets will have similar upgrades as the iPhone, with better screens, processing chips and rear and front cameras.

These new phones with better cameras, bigger batteries and new OLED screens will be snapped up, but the change is not enough too many investors excited. The stock has been sleepy all year and its price-to-earnings ratio is very low compared to the rest of the FAANG – Facebook (FB), Amazon (AMZN), Netflix (NFLX) and Google (GOOGL) – stocks.

Apparently, Apple briefly mentioned “the car,” so that will be a big deal when it is announced. Beginning as early as 2017, the Apple autonomous electric car project has been nicknamed “Project Titan.” The project is rumored to have as many as 1,000 car experts rumored to be actively working on developing the vehicle for Apple.

The bottom line is that Apple is just resting and boosting its service revenue until it can make the next exciting thing, which will be “the car” and/or the “folding 5G phones.”

So, Is AAPL a Buy?

You may know that last Friday was a rough day for Apple because it had a bad court decision on its app software. Even though the judge did not find Apple had a monopoly on the software, the stock declined 3% on the news. While many see the tech giant as a sort of bellwether, the reality is Apple is just a weak performer right now.

According to my Portfolio Grader, while it earns a B-rating for its Fundamental Grade, earnings momentum has a D-rating and cash flow has a C-rating. Its Quantitative Grade, which measures institutional buying pressure, holds a C-rating. AAPL’s Total Grade is a C-rating, making it a “Hold” right now.

I do not view the stock as a good buy right now, as there are plenty of more fundamentally superior stocks that will remain an oasis for investors.

Take one of my Growth Investor stocks, for example. EPAM Systems, Inc. (EPAM) is a software engineering services company introduced in 1993. Today, EPAM Systems operates in more than 35 countries, with more than 43,450 EPAMers and more than 275 Forbes Global 2000 customers. The company also has strategic partnerships with big-name corporations like Adobe, AWS, Google, Microsoft, Salesforce and SAP.

So, what services does EPAM Systems offer to attract such noteworthy partners? Simply put, EPAM Systems helps businesses adapt, grow more agile and faster, and stay competitive amidst a constantly evolving digital world. The company offers consultants and data expertise, designers to customize and develop digital experiences, engineers to construct software platforms, next-generation software solutions and process optimization solutions.

EPAM Systems collaborates with clients in a variety of industries, including automotive, retail, business information services, financial services, life sciences, travel and hospitality, software and insurance. The company has also partnered with healthcare clients, which includes Curogram. EPAM Systems is working with Curogram to help healthcare systems implement a simplified COVID-19 crisis response solution.

EPAM also shows strong earnings growth. During the second quarter, reported on August 5, revenue increased 39.4% year-over-year to $881.4 million, while earnings rose 43.5% year-over-year to $155.2 million, or $2.05 per share. The consensus estimate called for earnings of $1.93 per share on $860.36 million in revenue, so EPAM topped earnings estimates by 6.2% and revenue forecasts by 2.4%.

For fiscal year 2021, EPAM now expects revenue to grow about 37%, while earnings per share are forecast to be between $8.25 and $8.44. That compares to earnings of $6.34 per share in fiscal year 2020, and this forecast is also nicely higher than current estimates for $7.74 per share.

Investors cheered the news, boosting the stock up 4% in the wake of its strong earnings results.

Now as you can see in the chart below, EPAM has significantly outperformed AAPL this year.

While EPAM isn’t as well-known or as “exciting” as AAPL, it offers a great deal more growth potential right now.

Of course, EPAM isn’t the only high-quality growth stock I recommend right now. My Growth Investor Buy List is chock-full of fundamentally superior stocks that are poised to do well in the coming weeks and months. This includes two stocks that have the potential to be some of the biggest winners of the shift to electric vehicles (EVs).

If you’d like to learn more, click here now.

P.S. There is a great divide opening up in America – and investing in my Growth Investor stocks will help get you on the right side of it. 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.

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.

It’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:

EPAM Systems, Inc. (EPAM)

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 129 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
AON Aon Plc Class A B C B
ARE Alexandria Real Estate Equities, Inc. B C B
BILI Bilibili, Inc. Sponsored ADR Class Z B C B
BKR Baker Hughes Company Class A B C B
CNQ Canadian Natural Resources Limited B B B
DIS Walt Disney Company B B B
EOG EOG Resources, Inc. B B B
EQR Equity Residential B C B
HLT Hilton Worldwide Holdings Inc C B B
KLAC KLA Corporation B C B
KMI Kinder Morgan Inc Class P B C B
L Loews Corporation B C B
LI Li Auto, Inc. Sponsored ADR Class A B C B
LRCX Lam Research Corporation B C B
MSFT Microsoft Corporation B C B
MTN Vail Resorts, Inc. B C B
NLOK NortonLifeLock Inc. B C B
NLY Annaly Capital Management, Inc. B C C
NXPI NXP Semiconductors NV B C B
RDS.A Royal Dutch Shell Plc Sponsored ADR B B B
SAN Banco Santander S.A. Sponsored ADR B B B
SBUX Starbucks Corporation B B B
SHG Shinhan Financial Group Co., Ltd. B C B
SHOP Shopify, Inc. Class A C B B
SMFG Sumitomo Mitsui Financial Group, Inc. B B B
TECH Bio-Techne Corporation B C B
TS Tenaris S.A. Sponsored ADR B B B
TSLA Tesla Inc C B B
WELL Welltower, Inc. B D B
XOM Exxon Mobil Corporation B B B
Upgraded: From Sell to Hold
Symbol Company Name Quantitative
Grade
Fundamental
Grade
Total
Grade
ADBE Adobe Inc. C C C
CCL.U Carnival Corporation C D C
CHWY Chewy, Inc. Class A C C C
CPB Campbell Soup Company D C C
CTAS Cintas Corporation D C C
EXPE Expedia Group, Inc. C C C
FAST Fastenal Company C C C
FISV Fiserv, Inc. D B C
GIS General Mills, Inc. C D C
HMC Honda Motor Co., Ltd. Sponsored ADR D B C
HTHT Huazhu Group Ltd Sponsored ADR D C C
KDP Keurig Dr Pepper Inc. C C C
KHC Kraft Heinz Company C C C
LULU Lululemon Athletica Inc C B C
MCHP Microchip Technology Incorporated D B C
NFLX Netflix, Inc. C C C
PYPL PayPal Holdings Inc C D C
RE Everest Re Group, Ltd. D B C
SJM J.M. Smucker Company C D C
SU Suncor Energy Inc. C C C
WTRG Essential Utilities, Inc. C C C
WYNN Wynn Resorts, Limited D C C
YNDX Yandex NV Class A C C C
Downgraded: From Buy to Hold
Symbol Company Name Quantitative
Grade
Fundamental
Grade
Total
Grade
ABB ABB Ltd. Sponsored ADR C C C
ALC Alcon AG C C C
ALLE Allegion PLC C C C
BLDR Builders FirstSource, Inc. C B C
CAT Caterpillar Inc. C B C
CCEP Coca-Cola Europacific Partners plc C C C
CE Celanese Corporation C B C
CHT Chunghwa Telecom Co., Ltd B C C
CNA CNA Financial Corporation C C C
COO Cooper Companies, Inc. C B C
CTVA Corteva Inc C C C
DISCA Discovery, Inc. Class A C B C
DLR Digital Realty Trust, Inc. C C C
DPZ Domino’s Pizza, Inc. B D C
DVA DaVita Inc. C C C
EL Estee Lauder Companies Inc. Class A C B C
EPD Enterprise Products Partners L.P. B C C
FCX Freeport-McMoRan, Inc. C B C
FE FirstEnergy Corp. B D C
FIVE Five Below, Inc. C C C
GLPI Gaming and Leisure Properties, Inc. C C C
HOLX Hologic, Inc. C B C
HPE Hewlett Packard Enterprise Co. C B C
IX ORIX Corporation Sponsored ADR B C C
LBRDA Liberty Broadband Corp. Class A B D C
MCO Moody’s Corporation C C C
NWL Newell Brands Inc C B C
ODFL Old Dominion Freight Line, Inc. C C C
RSG Republic Services, Inc. C C C
SBAC SBA Communications Corp. Class A C B C
SE Sea Ltd. (Singapore) Sponsored B C C
SHW Sherwin-Williams Company B C C
TMO Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc. C C C
TSN Tyson Foods, Inc. Class A C B C
TXG 10x Genomics Inc Class A C B C
TYL Tyler Technologies, Inc. B C C
VALE Vale S.A. Sponsored ADR C B C
VER VEREIT, Inc. B D C
VICI VICI Properties Inc C C C
WM Waste Management, Inc. B C C
Downgraded: From Hold to Sell
Symbol Company Name Quantitative
Grade
Fundamental
Grade
Total
Grade
AES AES Corporation D C D
AGR Avangrid, Inc. D D D
AMCR Amcor PLC D B D
BHP BHP Group Limited Sponsored ADR D C D
BMY Bristol-Myers Squibb Company D C D
CHGG Chegg, Inc. D B D
CP Canadian Pacific Railway Limited D C D
DELL Dell Technologies Inc Class C D C D
DOW Dow, Inc. D B D
EBAY eBay Inc. D C D
EMN Eastman Chemical Company D D D
GMAB Genmab A/S Sponsored ADR D D D
GPC Genuine Parts Company D C D
IEP Icahn Enterprises L.P. D D D
ITW Illinois Tool Works Inc. D B D
JBHT J.B. Hunt Transport Services, Inc. D C D
LOW Lowe’s Companies, Inc. D D D
MASI Masimo Corporation D C D
MCD McDonald’s Corporation D C D
MDT Medtronic Plc D C D
MMM 3M Company D C D
MPW Medical Properties Trust, Inc. D D D
NSC Norfolk Southern Corporation D C D
O Realty Income Corporation D C D
OPEN Opendoor Technologies Inc D C D
ORAN Orange SA Sponsored ADR D C D
PH Parker-Hannifin Corporation D C D
PHM PulteGroup, Inc. F C D
RCI Rogers Communications Inc. Class B D C D
SKM SK Telecom Co., Ltd. Sponsored ADR D C D
SWK Stanley Black & Decker, Inc. D C D
TJX TJX Companies Inc D B D
WRB W. R. Berkley Corporation 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

Is GameStop Out of Lives After Earnings?

GameStop Corp. (GME) has had quite an interesting year so far, rising to fame (and new highs) after a group of Redditors decided to “stick it to the man” and bid up GME.

GameStop’s surge was a fascinating example of a “short squeeze.” Simply put, when traders “short” a stock, they borrow shares of the stock they think will fall over a given timeframe. If the stock drops, they give back the shares and collect the difference between the initial borrowed price and the actual sale price.

In a January Market360 article, I explained why I would not recommend GME to my subscribers. The reality was the fundamentals were weak, and the stock was simply too volatile to pass my fundamental screenings.

I also talked about the stock’s underwhelming fourth-quarter earnings back in March. Well, the company has just released second-quarter earnings, and I am once again not impressed.

After the market closed on Wednesday, GameStop, Inc. unveiled second-quarter results that fell short of analysts’ expectations. During the second quarter, revenue rose 26% year-over-year to $1.18 billion, 5.4% above consensus estimates for $1.12 billion. The company also reported an earnings loss of $0.76 per share, up 54% year-over-year, but still wider than analysts’ call for an earnings loss of $0.66. So, GME posted an 14.3% earnings miss.

Interestingly, the company is under new leadership and no longer sees itself as a retailer but rather a tech company. The new leadership claimed in the earnings meeting, “We are evolving from a video game retailer to a technology company that connects customers with games, entertainment and a wide assortment of products.”

However, company management did not expand any further on its new business model. Perhaps the only things GME has in common with start-up tech companies is that it has lost a significant amount of money this year and lacks strong fundamentals.

GME dropped 9% in early trading after its weak fundamentals were put on center stage. Interestingly, the stock did rebound slightly on Thursday, but it ultimately ended the week lower.

Now, no one can argue that GameStop is in a better position than a year ago, but the reality is the stock is too volatile, and it doesn’t pass my fundamental screens.

Yes, my Portfolio Grader does give the stock an A-rating for its Quantitative Grade, which represents the strong buying pressure the stock has been under. However, its fundamentals are quite poor. It holds an F-rating for Earnings Momentum and Analyst Earnings Revisions, a D-rating for Cash Flow and Return on Equity and a C-rating for Fundamentals and Sales Growth. Overall, its Fundamental Grade is a “C.”

In other words, the stock is a mixed bag and likely a bubble waiting to be pricked. Short covering should never be confused with real strength, which is why I also recommend that GameStop and other short squeezes be avoided.

Instead, I encourage investors to focus on fundamentally superior stocks. In order words, stocks with strong earnings and sales growth, which also describes my Growth Investor Buy Lists stocks to a “T.”

Take my Growth Investor stock, Restoration Hardware (RH) for example. While certainly not as flashy as GameStop is right now, the company offers luxury home furnishings, including furniture, rugs, lighting and textiles. RH is also in the process of expanding its brand to include RH Guesthouses and RH Residences, which enable folks to stay in private, luxury accommodations.

RH also unveiled record quarterly results on Wednesday afternoon. Second-quarter revenue jumped 39% year-over-year to $989 million, up from $709 million in the same quarter a year ago. Adjusted earnings surged 105% year-over-year to $252 million, or $8.48 per share, compared to $123 million, or $4.90 per share, in the second quarter of 2020. The analyst community was expecting adjusted earnings of $6.48 per share on $975.45 million in revenue, so RH crushed earnings estimates by 30.9% and posted a 1.4% revenue surprise.

Thanks to the strength of its business and continuing demand for its home furnishings, RH increased its outlook for fiscal year 2021. Full-year revenue is now forecast to grow between 31% and 33%, up from previous estimates for 25% to 30% annual revenue growth.

Company management also noted that it anticipates a “more long-term and sustainable step change in consumer spending on the home.” In other words, RH expects folks to continue to spend money on nesting at home and/or updating their homes. As a result, RH stated that “2022 is shaping up to be the most exciting year on record for the RH brand.”

While the stock holds a B-rating for its Total Grade, its overall fundamentals are clearly much stronger. The fantastic second-quarter earnings report sent the stock soaring over 8% on Thursday.

My Growth Investor Buy List is chock-full of stocks at the top of their respective sectors, like RH. This includes two stocks that have the potential to be some of the biggest winners of the shift to electric vehicles (EVs).

If you’d like to learn more, click here now.

P.S. There is a great divide opening up in America – and investing in my Growth Investor stocks will help get you on the right side of it. 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.

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.

It’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:

RH (RH)

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
CQP Cheniere Energy Partners, L.P. B C B
CSCO Cisco Systems, Inc. B C B
CZR Caesars Entertainment Inc B B B
DDOG Datadog Inc Class A B C B
ET Energy Transfer, L.P. B C B
EXAS Exact Sciences Corporation B C B
HOLX Hologic, Inc. B B B
LEN.B Lennar Corporation Class B B C B
ODFL Old Dominion Freight Line, Inc. B C B
OXY Occidental Petroleum Corporation B C B
RDS.B Royal Dutch Shell Plc Sponsored ADR B B B
SHG Shinhan Financial Group Co., Ltd. B C B
TS Tenaris S.A. Sponsored ADR B B B
Upgraded: From Sell to Hold
Symbol Company Name Quantitative
Grade
Fundamental
Grade
Total
Grade
EBAY eBay Inc. C C C
JBHT J.B. Hunt Transport Services, Inc. C C C
LAD Lithia Motors, Inc. D B C
MCHP Microchip Technology Incorporated D B C
NICE NICE Ltd Sponsored ADR C C C
PHM PulteGroup, Inc. D C C
SGEN Seagen, Inc. D C C
STT State Street Corporation C C C
SUZ Suzano SA Sponsored ADR D B C
TER Teradyne, Inc. D C C
Downgraded: From Buy to Hold
Symbol Company Name Quantitative
Grade
Fundamental
Grade
Total
Grade
ABT Abbott Laboratories C C C
AZO AutoZone, Inc. B C C
BXP Boston Properties, Inc. B D C
CNP CenterPoint Energy, Inc. C B C
CVNA Carvana Co. Class A C C C
DIS Walt Disney Company C B C
ESS Essex Property Trust, Inc. B D C
EW Edwards Lifesciences Corporation C B C
HDB HDFC Bank Limited Sponsored ADR B C C
ISRG Intuitive Surgical, Inc. C B C
KO Coca-Cola Company C B C
LI Li Auto, Inc. Sponsored ADR Class A B C C
MRVL Marvell Technology, Inc. C C C
NGG National Grid plc Sponsored ADR C C C
PEP PepsiCo, Inc. C C C
ROKU Roku, Inc. Class A C B C
SBAC SBA Communications Corp. Class A C B C
SBUX Starbucks Corporation C B C
SMFG Sumitomo Mitsui Financial Group, Inc. C B C
STE STERIS Plc B D C
TWTR Twitter, Inc. C B C
WM Waste Management, Inc. B C C
Downgraded: From Hold to Sell
Symbol Company Name Quantitative
Grade
Fundamental
Grade
Total
Grade
AAPL Apple Inc. D B D
ADBE Adobe Inc. D C D
ADSK Autodesk, Inc. D C D
BMY Bristol-Myers Squibb Company D C D
CRM salesforce.com, inc. F C D
D Dominion Energy Inc D C D
DG Dollar General Corporation D C D
FDX FedEx Corporation D C D
FSLR First Solar, Inc. D C D
GMAB Genmab A/S Sponsored ADR D D D
GWW W.W. Grainger, Inc. D C D
HEI.A HEICO Corporation Class A D C D
ICE Intercontinental Exchange, Inc. D C D
KDP Keurig Dr Pepper Inc. D C D
KEP Korea Electric Power Corporation C F D
LBTYA Liberty Global Plc Class A D B D
MNST Monster Beverage Corporation D C D
NTCO Natura & Co Holding SA Sponsored D C D
NVS Novartis AG Sponsored ADR D C D
RYAAY Ryanair Holdings Plc Sponsored ADR D C D
SJM J.M. Smucker Company D D D
SKM SK Telecom Co., Ltd. Sponsored ADR D C D
SPGI S&P Global, Inc. D C D
UNP Union Pacific Corporation D C D
VFC V.F. Corporation D B D
WPC W. P. Carey Inc. D C D
WSO Watsco, Inc. D C D
XP XP Inc. Class A 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

Will Zoom Video Communications “Zoom” on Its Earnings Results Next Week?

The second-quarter earnings season is almost done, but it certainly is going out with a bang! We have a few stragglers that will be reporting over the next two weeks, including Zoom Video Communications, Inc. (ZM), which is up to bat with its results next Monday, August 30, after the market close.

For the second quarter, analysts expect earnings to increase 26.1% year-over-year to $1.16 per share, up from $0.92 per share in the same quarter a year ago. Revenue is expected to come in at $990.96 million.

Zoom has continually exceeded analyst expectations. For example, Zoom achieved triple-digit earnings and revenue growth last quarter, thanks to continuing demand for its online communications platform. For its first quarter in fiscal year 2022, Zoom had 497,000 customers with more than 10 employees and nearly 2,000 customers contributed more than $100,000 in trailing 12 months revenue.

For the first quarter, Zoom reported earnings of $402.1 million, or $1.32 per share, and revenue of $956.2 million. That represented 589.7% year-over-year earnings growth and 191% year-over-year revenue growth. Analysts were expecting earnings of $0.99 per share on $906.03 million in revenue, so Zoom posted a 33.3% earnings surprise and a 5.5% revenue surprise.

Interestingly, ZM currently holds a C-rating in Portfolio Grader, making it a “Hold” heading into Monday’s earnings report. The truth of the matter is that institutional buying pressure has eased up a bit, as evident by its C-rating for its Quantitative Grade. (I discuss how the Quantitative Grade works more in-depth in this Friday’s Growth Investor Monthly Issue for September. If you’re interested, you can click here to sign up now.)

However, let me say now that ZM’s outlook is very promising. So, I look for a fresh wave of buying pressure to drive up the stock following its earnings report and to upgrade ZM to a “Buy” again. So, while it’s not a stock I would buy right now, it’s not one I’d recommend selling yet either.

Here’s why…

Why I’m Especially Excited for ZM’s Earnings

In order to understand my excitement for the online video platform’s earnings, we have to back up and take a dive into one thing the federal government has done right during the COVID-19 pandemic.

That one thing is put money into the hands of consumers and businesses who can spend the money more effectively. The money supply has soared 40% in the past year. This has improved the velocity of money as life returned to some normalcy, which in turn boosts economic activity.

This is all to say that as the government becomes less and less effective, the private sector takes over and prosperity begins to soar. In other words, there is opportunity in the chaos. This is great news for companies like Zoom, which has been implementing transformable change recently.

The online platform the company provides has enabled businesses and individuals to stay connected during the global pandemic. It’s become indispensable during the last year.

My Growth Investor Buy List is chock-full of similar stocks that are revolutionizing the way we live.

In fact, I just added two more stocks that are revolutionizing the world around us and have the potential to be some of the biggest winners in the shift to electric vehicles (EVs). I released those stocks’ names in yesterday’s Growth Investor Monthly Issue for September, and if you sign up now, you can read the issue while it’s still hot off the presses.

Once you sign up, you’ll also have access to my two newest Elite Dividend Payers recommendations, one of which has the coveted AAA-rating. This means the stock has an A-rating in both Portfolio Grader and Dividend Grader, as well as an A for Quantitative Grade.

You’ll also get immediate access to my latest Top 5 High-Growth Investment Stock List, which I select each month based on their Quantitative Grade. In other words, these stocks are supported by strong institutional buying pressure, as well as superior fundamentals. If you’re interested, I encourage you to join me at Growth Investor today.

For full details, click here.

Note: There is a great divide opening up in America – and investing in my Growth Investor stocks will help get you on the right side of it. 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.

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.

It’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.

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:

Zoom Video Communications, Inc. (ZM)

10 Cybersecurity Stocks to Avoid and 1 to Buy

One of today’s most vital but growing industries is cybersecurity. Consider this: There were 93% more ransomware attacks in the first half of 2021 than in the same period last year. Ransomware attacks are a type of malware attack in which a hacker threatens to publish the victim’s personal data or block access until a ransom is paid.

These attacks have been growing worse with the rise of the “Triple Extortion” ransomware attack. This is when hackers steal data from the victim and threaten to release it unless payment is made. The hackers also often go after the companies’ customers or vendors in the same way.

You may remember the Colonial Pipeline ransomware attack back in early May. The American oil pipeline system from Houston was completely shut down, causing a standstill of gasoline and jet fuel to many parts of the Southeast.

Investigators traced the attack back to a hack on software from cybersecurity company SolarWinds (SWI) that also affected several other government agencies. There was a similar attack last December on the cybersecurity giant FireEye, Inc. (FEYE), which actually pointed out the SolarWinds hack.

The reality is that there is a growing need to combat these large-scale attacks.

President Joe Biden held a cybersecurity summit this week at the White House, hosting corporate, educational and nonprofit leaders.

Among others, the leaders of Amazon (AMZN), Apple (AAPL), Bank of America (BAC), Girls Who Code and JPMorgan Chase (JPM) attended.

President Biden, along with members from his cabinet and national security team, met with the executives to discuss ways to improve U.S. cybersecurity. Topics of conversation included everything from infrastructure resilience to building enduring cybersecurity to growing the cybersecurity workforce.

According to an official statement, “The U.S. needs to move to a system where cybersecurity is built into all technology.” In order to do so, the White House said, strong and worthwhile cybersecurity companies must be at the forefront.

As investors, there are many cybersecurity companies out there. However, not all of them are worth your time and money.

Today, I want to go through my Portfolio Grader system and pinpoint 10 cybersecurity stocks that don’t pass muster. I will also share my favorite cybersecurity stock on the market currently.

Below are the cybersecurity companies to avoid…

As you can see in the chart above, some of the biggest and best-known cybersecurity companies are on this list. With the well-publicized hacks, I talked about above, it’s no surprise that SolarWinds and FireEye are on this list.

If you’re considering investing in these companies, you may want to pump the brakes, especially on any with a D-rating. D-ratings are always an automatic “Sell” in my book.

With all these companies, what really stands out to me is their low Quantitative Grade. My exclusive quantitative formula measures the institutional buying pressure supporting a stock and then determines the quantitative grade.

Like individual investors, large institutional investors, such as corporations, cities and school systems, invest in stocks for income. These large institutional clients buy chunks of a stock, often worth millions of dollars. Typically, the more attractive a stock currently is to institutional investors, the better the stock will perform in the near term.

When you consider the lack of institutional buying pressure in these cybersecurity stocks, they’re not worth touching with a 10-foot pole.

My Top Cybersecurity Play

Personally, I like CrowdStrike Holdings, Inc. (CRWD) as a cybersecurity play right now. The company is in the lucrative cloud security business—and its business has been booming since the global COVID-19 pandemic. Specifically, CrowdStrike offers real-time endpoint security, threat intelligence and cloud workload protection, helping prevent cyberattacks on and off an enterprise’s network.

The company’s platform, The CrowdStrike Falcon, utilizes its proprietary CrowdStrike Threat Graph to identify security threats and prevent data breaches. CrowdStrike boasts that its platform combines artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning with behavioral analytics and 24/7 threat hunting all in one solution to protect all workloads on the network—cloud-based, on-premises and virtual environments.

Currently, CrowdStrike offers 16 modules on its Falcon platform, which includes next-generation antivirus protection, firewall management, malware search engine and analysis, threat intelligence and threat hunting. The company also acquired Preempt Security in September to expand its offerings to include identity protection.

Back on June 3, fiscal year 2022 kicked off on a strong note, as CrowdStrike added 1,524 new subscription customers during the first quarter. Company management commented, “The CrowdStrike name has become synonymous with best-in-class cybersecurity protection and a platform that just works. Customers of all sizes are increasingly choosing CrowdStrike as their security platform of record.”

For the first quarter in fiscal year 2022, revenue soared 70% year-over-year to $302.8 million, with subscription revenue accounting for $281.2 million. That topped forecasts for revenue of $291.4 million. First-quarter earnings surged 400% year-over-year to $0.10 per share, up from $0.02 per share in the same quarter a year ago. Analysts were expecting earnings of $0.06 per share, so CrowdStrike posted a 66.7% earnings surprise.

So, it should be no surprise that CRWD is much more highly rated than the other cybersecurity companies. Here’s how it stacks up in Portfolio Grader:

While it struggles slightly in the cash flow and return on equity categories, CrowdStrike’s Quantitative Grade remains A-rated, which, as you know, means institutional buying pressure is extremely strong right now. Its Total Grade of a “B” makes it a Buy.

The company will unveil its second-quarter earnings results on August 31, after the market close. Currently, analysts are calling for earnings to surge 200% year-over-year to $0.09 per share, up from earnings of $0.03 per share in the same quarter a year ago, on revenue of $323.16 million.

CRWD rallied more than 30% since its first-quarter earnings report, and I look for a strong earnings report to really kick into high gear following its earnings results next week.

The bottom line: I expect CRWD to continue to outperform its competitors. This is why it remains a strong player on my Growth Investor Buy List.

CRWD is still under my set Buy Below price, so there really isn’t a better time to join Growth Investor. Not to mention my September Monthly Issue is being released today, where I detail major positives in the market, my two solid-battery buys and two brand-new dividend stock picks. I also highlight my Top 5 High-Growth Stocks and my Top 3 picks on my Elite Dividend Payers Buy List.

Click here for the full details.

P.S. There’s a great divide opening up in America and investing in my Growth Investor stocks will help get you on the right side of it. 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.

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.

It’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.

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: 

Amazon (AMZN), Bank of America (BAC), JPMorgan Chase (JPM), CrowdStrike Holdings, Inc. (CRWD)

A Sneak Peek at Tomorrow’s Growth Investor September Monthly Issue

August was certainly a wild month for the stock market! The S&P 500 and Dow notched new highs, which were shortly followed by big selloffs. However, the selling always came on light volume, which is why I was never worried.

The stock market aside, we are living in a very chaotic world right now, as the unfolding tragedy in Afghanistan and the spreading COVID-19 Delta variant continue to dominate the news. But as tragic as these recent events have been, there are some positives amidst the chaos.

So, in today’s Market360 article, I’d like to share two big positives with you: the U.S. economy and ultralow interest rate environment.

The Conference Board now anticipates that the U.S. economy will grow at a 6% annual rate in 2021. Even more impressive, The Wall Street Journal recently reported that U.S. GDP increased 12.2% year-over-year in the second quarter, versus China’s 7.9% GDP growth. The massive order backlog due to supply chain glitches effectively ensures that the U.S. economy will grow at a 6% annual pace this year. Robust job growth and new consumers are also expected to boost retail sales and serve as the powerful one-two punch to support GDP growth.

In addition, Treasury yields remain ultralow. When Kabul, Afghanistan fell to the Taliban in mid-August, the 10-year Treasury yield dropped back below 1.25%. The ongoing chaos around the world is likely to help keep U.S. rates low for the foreseeable future, despite the financial media proclaiming that the Federal Reserve will start to curtail its quantitative easing. As we’ve discussed, the Fed may announce tapering at its September or December Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) meeting, but I don’t look for the tapering to actually happen until 2022.

Of course, the Fed’s easy monetary policy has created an inflation bubble. But we should see inflation ease up a bit in the fall, especially as demand for crude oil and natural gas ebbs with cooler temperatures across much of the U.S. Unfortunately, much of the wholesale inflation is here to stay.

I will share what else I’m excited about in Friday’s Growth Investor Monthly Issue for September. (You can join now by clicking here.) Once you read it, I’m confident you’ll be excited, too.

In addition, I will be releasing two brand-new fundamentally superior buys that make solid-state batteries, which positions them well to be some of the biggest winners of the shift to electric vehicles (EVs). Most of the current EVs primarily use lithium-ion batteries, which require lithium, nickel and cobalt. But there’s an acute battery shortage due to the lack of battery factories, as well as the high prices for nickel and cobalt.

Add in the global semiconductor shortage, and EV production has been curtailed dramatically. In fact, the deliveries of the Mexican-made Ford (F) Mach-e has already been postponed, and General Motors (GM) is in the midst of a massive and expensive recall of all the batteries in the Bolt EV. In other words, unless new battery technologies are utilized, the Biden administration’s 50% goal by 2030 is just a pipe dream.

Some companies, though, are turning to other alternatives. Apple (AAPL), for example, recently turned to the Chinese company CATL for iron-phosphate batteries for its upcoming EV. Iron-phosphate batteries are anticipated to be safer, as they are less fire prone, and they can better accommodate fast charging.

Now, the patent on CATL’s iron-phosphate batteries expires in 2022, so the big Korean battery manufacturers like LG Chem and SK Innovation could start making their own iron-phosphate batteries in the very near future. Apple even sent a team to South Korea recently to line up suppliers for its EV, which will likely be built by Canada’s Magna International (MGA). Magna currently makes the Jaguar iPace SUV in Austria.

Solid-state batteries are also in the mix now. Solid-state batteries offer greater range due to higher energy density, as well as faster charging and safer operation. At the recent Pebble Beach car show, Audi introduced its next super EV, the Skysphere Concept. The EV is likely to use solid-state batteries from QuantumScape (QS). Audi is also expected to soon announce its Grandsphere flagship and versatile Urbansphere concept EVs.

If you’re interested in the names, I recommend you sign up today so you can read my Growth Investor Monthly Issue for September when it’s hot off the presses. Not only will I share the major positives in the market and my two solid-battery buys, but I will also release two brand-new dividend stock picks and my Top 3 list of dividend stocks on my Elite Dividend Payers Buy List.

Click here now for full details.

P.S. There’s a great divide opening up in America and investing in my Growth Investor stocks will help get you on the right side of it. 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.

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.

It’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.

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:

General Motors (GM)

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 97 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
ABBV AbbVie, Inc. B C B
ABEV Ambev SA Sponsored ADR C B B
ABT Abbott Laboratories B C B
AMX America Movil SAB de CV Sponsored B C B
BK Bank of New York Mellon Corporation B C B
CNA CNA Financial Corporation B C B
CNP CenterPoint Energy, Inc. B C B
COP ConocoPhillips C B B
EL Estee Lauder Companies Inc. Class A B B B
ESS Essex Property Trust, Inc. B D B
EW Edwards Lifesciences Corporation B B B
GLOB Globant SA B C B
HES Hess Corporation B C B
ISRG Intuitive Surgical, Inc. B B B
KO Coca-Cola Company B B B
LAMR Lamar Advertising Company Class A B B B
LBRDA Liberty Broadband Corp. Class A B D B
MIDD Middleby Corporation B B B
NGG National Grid plc Sponsored ADR B C B
ORLY O’Reilly Automotive, Inc. B C B
PEG Public Service Enterprise Group Inc B D B
PEP PepsiCo, Inc. B C B
SBAC SBA Communications Corp. Class A B B B
STE STERIS Plc B D B
TRV Travelers Companies, Inc. B C B
WLK Westlake Chemical Corporation C B B
WM Waste Management, Inc. B C B
Upgraded: From Sell to Hold
Symbol Company Name Quantitative
Grade
Fundamental
Grade
Total
Grade
ABMD ABIOMED, Inc. C D C
ALC Alcon AG C C C
AMCR Amcor PLC D C C
BMY Bristol-Myers Squibb Company C C C
CGNX Cognex Corporation D B C
CMS CMS Energy Corporation C C C
CVS CVS Health Corporation C C C
D Dominion Energy Inc C C C
DXCM DexCom, Inc. D C C
EIX Edison International C D C
ETR Entergy Corporation C D C
FISV Fiserv, Inc. D B C
KDP Keurig Dr Pepper Inc. C C C
LSXMA Liberty Media Corp. Series A Liberty SiriusXM C D C
MASI Masimo Corporation C C C
MCK McKesson Corporation D B C
MNST Monster Beverage Corporation D C C
MOH Molina Healthcare, Inc. C C C
NDSN Nordson Corporation C C C
NTCO Natura & Co Holding SA Sponsored ADR D C C
NVS Novartis AG Sponsored ADR D C C
PPL PPL Corporation C D C
REGN Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, Inc. D B C
SIRI Sirius XM Holdings, Inc. D B C
SRE Sempra Energy C D C
TJX TJX Companies Inc C B C
WAB Westinghouse Air Brake Technologies Corporation C C C
Downgraded: From Buy to Hold
Symbol Company Name Quantitative
Grade
Fundamental
Grade
Total
Grade
ADM Archer-Daniels-Midland Company C C C
CHWY Chewy, Inc. Class A C C C
CMG Chipotle Mexican Grill, Inc. C B C
CZR Caesars Entertainment Inc C B C
DDOG Datadog Inc Class A C C C
DHI D.R. Horton, Inc. C C C
EPD Enterprise Products Partners L.P. B C C
ET Energy Transfer, L.P. C C C
GGG Graco Inc. C B C
J Jacobs Engineering Group Inc. B D C
KMI Kinder Morgan Inc Class P C B C
LEN Lennar Corporation Class A C C C
LOGI Logitech International S.A. C B C
MCO Moody’s Corporation C C C
NSC Norfolk Southern Corporation C C C
NVCR NovoCure Ltd. B D C
NVDA NVIDIA Corporation C B C
ODFL Old Dominion Freight Line, Inc. C C C
PTON Peloton Interactive, Inc. Class A C C C
SE Sea Ltd. (Singapore) Sponsored ADR B C C
TS Tenaris S.A. Sponsored ADR C B C
TSLA Tesla Inc C B C
TXG 10x Genomics Inc Class A C B C
VTR Ventas, Inc. B C C
ZM Zoom Video Communications, Inc. C B C
Downgraded: From Hold to Sell
Symbol Company Name Quantitative
Grade
Fundamental
Grade
Total
Grade
BA Boeing Company D B D
BIDU Baidu Inc Sponsored ADR Class A D D D
EBAY eBay Inc. D C D
HD Home Depot, Inc. D C D
JBHT J.B. Hunt Transport Services, Inc. D C D
JD JD.com, Inc. Sponsored ADR Class A F C D
MCHP Microchip Technology Incorporated D B D
MDLZ Mondelez International, Inc. Class A D C D
PGR Progressive Corporation D D D
PHM PulteGroup, Inc. D C D
RACE Ferrari NV D B D
SNP China Petroleum & Chemical Corp. D C D
UBER Uber Technologies, Inc. D B D
Z Zillow Group, Inc. Class C 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

Who was the Big Retail Winner this Week?

Every cloud has its silver lining. Last year, the cloud of the pandemic came with a silver lining of wave-after-wave of positive earnings results this year – unlike anything we have seen in over a decade – due to easy year-over-year earnings comparisons. According to FactSet, earnings growth for the S&P 500 stocks is up 89.3% year-over-year.

While earnings have been impressive, we did get some unwelcome economic news this week (at least at first glance). I’m talking about the July retail sales report. Led by a 3.9% decline in car and parts sales, July’s retail sales dipped 1.1%. That missed economists’ expectations for a 0.3% drop. But when you exclude car sales, retail sales only slipped 0.4% last month.

The reality is that July retail sales were up a stunning 15.8% year-over-year. Folks spent $617.7 billion last month. I should also add that retail sales in June were revised higher to show a 0.7% month-to-month increase. So, Americans are still out spending, and that bodes well for the economic recovery.

Remember, the American consumer accounts for nearly three-quarters of our total GDP growth. That’s why it’s vital for consumer spending to remain robust or the economic recovery could stall. Thankfully, despite the weak July retail sales report, consumer spending appears to remain robust. MasterCard even reported that consumer spending was up 11% in July, when you exclude gas stations and car dealerships.

For today’s Market360 article, I’d like to keep with our retail theme and discuss two major retailers that went head-to-head with their second-quarter earnings results this week: Walmart, Inc (WMT) and Target Corporation (TGT). Let’s get right into it!

Walmart, Inc (WMT)

Walmart reported second-quarter earnings on Tuesday morning that topped analysts’ estimates. CFO Brett Biggs stated that “customers flocked to the store for items like luggage, party supplies and apparel as they were coming out of hibernation.” He also mentioned families have been buying backpacks and items for the classroom.

Second-quarter earnings rose 22% year-over-year to $1.78 per share, up from $1.56 per share in the same quarter a year ago. That slightly beat analysts’ expectations for $1.57 per share by 13.2%. Second-quarter revenue rose 2.6% year-over-year to $139.9 billion, also slightly topping estimates for $136 billion.

Walmart also noted that growth of in-store and online sales slowed, when compared to the stockpiling of the earlier part of the pandemic. Same-store sales in the U.S. grew 5.2% higher than the expected 3.3%, but this was still lower than the 9.3% it saw in the same quarter last year. E-commerce sales have dropped significantly, only growing 6% in the second quarter compared to 97% in the year-ago quarter.

Target Corporation (TGT)

Target reported stunning second-quarter results on Wednesday morning. Company management noted, “In the second quarter, our business generated continued growth on top of record increases a year ago, reinforcing Target’s leadership position in retail.”

During the second quarter, Target achieved total revenue of $25.16 billion and adjusted earnings of $3.64 per share, which represented 9.5% year-over-year revenue growth and 7.9% year-over-year earnings growth. The consensus estimate called for adjusted earnings of $3.49 per share on $25.08 billion in revenue, so Target topped earnings estimates by 4.3% and posted a slight revenue surprise.

Target also noted that foot traffic at its stores has increased compared to the second quarter of 2020. Comparable store sales rose 8.7%, while online sales climbed 10% during the second quarter. Total comparable sales jumped 8.9% year-over-year. Target expects total comparable sales to grow in the high single digits in the final two quarters of 2021, which is at the high end of its guidance.

I should also add that Target paid dividends of $336 million in the second quarter, up 3% from $330 million in the second quarter of 2020. The company’s third-quarter dividend of $0.90 per share, which is up from the $0.68 per share dividend paid in the second quarter, will be paid on September 10. All shareholders of record on August 18 will receive the dividend.

To me, Target is the clear winner of this retail earnings battle. Even though both stocks moved higher on better-than-expected earnings, TGT beat out WMT in one very important category: the Quantitative Grade in my Portfolio Grader tool.

Months before WMT reported earnings, my Portfolio Grader flagged Walmart as a “Sell,” largely due to its weak Quantitative Grade, which indicates low institutional buying pressure. In comparison, TGT has been a “Strong Buy” for about a year! It also has an A-rating for its Quantitative Grade.

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I should also note that it beats on WMT in Dividend Grader, too. TGT earns a B-rating, while WMT earns a C-rating.

The bottom line: Target is the star right now.

The Resurgence of the American Consumer

In Growth Investor, I’ve aligned my Buy Lists to benefit from the economic recovery and resurgence of the American consumer. I’ve added strategic consumer plays to both Buy Lists over the past 18 months, which includes Target in November 2020, and I’m pleased to report that they have not disappointed.

I currently have 10 stocks in the Growth Investor Buy Lists that I would consider retail or consumer plays, with five of these companies crushing analysts’ earnings estimates for the most-recent quarter to the tune of 35%! Four of the ten stocks exceeded analysts’ earnings expectations by 40% or more, while one posted a 19.6% earnings surprise.

To get the names of these consumer plays, as well as my most-recommendations, sign up now.

P.S. There’s a great divide opening up in America and investing in my Growth Investor stocks will help get you on the right side of it. 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.

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.

It’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.

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:

Target Corporation (TGT)

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 87 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
ADM Archer-Daniels-Midland Company B C B
AEG Aegon NV ADR B C B
AJG Arthur J. Gallagher & Co. B C B
AON Aon Plc Class A B C B
BXP Boston Properties, Inc. B D B
CB Chubb Limited B C B
CHWY Chewy, Inc. Class A B C B
DIS Walt Disney Company B B B
FNF Fidelity National Financial, Inc. B B B
GLPI Gaming and Leisure Properties, Inc. B C B
HDB HDFC Bank Limited Sponsored ADR B C B
HPE Hewlett Packard Enterprise Co. B C B
HUBB Hubbell Incorporated Class B B C B
J Jacobs Engineering Group Inc. B D B
KMI Kinder Morgan Inc Class P B C B
L Loews Corporation B C B
LEN Lennar Corporation Class A B C B
LI Li Auto, Inc. Sponsored ADR Class A B C B
MMC Marsh & McLennan Companies, Inc. B C B
MRVL Marvell Technology, Inc. B C B
NLY Annaly Capital Management, Inc. B C B
NSC Norfolk Southern Corporation B C B
NVAX Novavax, Inc. B D B
PLD Prologis, Inc. B C B
PTON Peloton Interactive, Inc. Class A B C B
RGEN Repligen Corporation B B B
TFC Truist Financial Corporation B C B
TSN Tyson Foods, Inc. Class A B B B
WCN Waste Connections, Inc. B C B
ZI ZoomInfo Technologies, Inc. Class A B B B
ZTS Zoetis, Inc. Class A B C B
Upgraded: From Sell to Hold
Symbol Company Name Quantitative
Grade
Fundamental
Grade
Total
Grade
BEP Brookfield Renewable Partners LP C D C
CSCO Cisco Systems, Inc. C C C
CTSH Cognizant Technology Solutions C C C
EBAY eBay Inc. C C C
ETSY Etsy, Inc. C C C
FWONK Liberty Media Corp. Series C Liberty D C C
GILD Gilead Sciences, Inc. D C C
JBHT J.B. Hunt Transport Services, Inc. C C C
MO Altria Group Inc C C C
NEE NextEra Energy, Inc. C D C
PGR Progressive Corporation C D C
RE Everest Re Group, Ltd. D B C
SYY Sysco Corporation D B C
TSCO Tractor Supply Company C C C
UBER Uber Technologies, Inc. D B C
XP XP Inc. Class A D B C
Downgraded: From Buy to Hold
Symbol Company Name Quantitative
Grade
Fundamental
Grade
Total
Grade
BGNE BeiGene, Ltd. Sponsored ADR B C C
COP ConocoPhillips C B C
DOW Dow, Inc. C B C
DPZ Domino’s Pizza, Inc. B D C
EL Estee Lauder Companies Inc. Class A C C C
ELAN Elanco Animal Health, Inc. C C C
ESTC Elastic NV C C C
FDX FedEx Corporation C C C
HES Hess Corporation C C C
LAMR Lamar Advertising Company Class A C B C
LUV Southwest Airlines Co. C C C
MFC Manulife Financial Corporation C B C
MGA Magna International Inc. C C C
MGM MGM Resorts International C B C
MTN Vail Resorts, Inc. C C C
NWS News Corporation Class B C C C
NWSA News Corporation Class A C C C
ORLY O’Reilly Automotive, Inc. B C C
SHG Shinhan Financial Group Co., Ltd. C C C
STE STERIS Plc B C C
TXN Texas Instruments Incorporated C C C
WMB Williams Companies, Inc. B C C
Downgraded: From Hold to Sell
Symbol Company Name Quantitative
Grade
Fundamental
Grade
Total
Grade
ABC AmerisourceBergen Corporation D C D
BMY Bristol-Myers Squibb Company D C D
BWA BorgWarner Inc. D B D
CERN Cerner Corporation D D D
CGNX Cognex Corporation D B D
HTHT Huazhu Group Ltd Sponsored ADR D C D
IEX IDEX Corporation D C D
MCK McKesson Corporation D B D
MTCH Match Group, Inc. D C D
OSH Oak Street Health, Inc. D D D
PPL PPL Corporation C D D
SIRI Sirius XM Holdings, Inc. D B D
SUZ Suzano SA Sponsored ADR D C D
TER Teradyne, Inc. D C D
TREX Trex Company, Inc. D C D
WYNN Wynn Resorts, Limited 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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