These 50 Global Stocks Are On The Move

Between the political turmoil occurring in Egypt, surging bond yields in Portugal and a “cash crunch” in China, the financial markets are becoming increasingly choppy up across the pond. Meanwhile, interest rates remain at rock bottom in many of the world’s largest economies, putting downward pressure on international currencies. Today, the Indian rupee reached a record low and the Canadian dollar retreated to a two-year low. On Friday, the Norwegian krone hit its weakest level since September 2010.

All the while, the U.S. continues to be somewhat of oasis in the choppy waters: Just today the U.S. dollar hit a three-year high against a basket of major currencies. Despite the U.S. Fed’s own efforts to keep interest rates low, the dollar has risen in the wake of the better-than-expected June payroll report.

This divergence has also appeared in the stock market. In the past month, the average American large-cap stock ($10 billion or larger) has advanced 2.69%. Meanwhile, the average international large-cap stock has retreated 2.58%. And since the beginning of 2013, U.S. large-caps have outpaced their international counterparts by nearly 2-to-1 (31.5% vs. 17.5%).

What does this all mean? Well, while I do believe a flight to quality is on the horizon, if you’re looking to invest abroad, you want to stick with nothing less than the best. There are tremendous profit opportunities outside U.S. borders, but with higher rewards come higher risk. My Ultimate Growth readers can tell you that you have to be very selective with your global holdings, and you have to be nimble in buying and selling these stocks.

So let’s take a moment to review the 50 global blue chips that have been upgraded and downgraded this weekend. 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 each of the stocks listed below.

Upgrades

Last Week’s Holds, Now Buys

Symbol Company Name Quantitative Grade Fundamental Grade
ACE ACE Ltd. B B
ACN Accenture PLC B B
CB Chubb Corp. B B
DAL Delta Air Lines Inc. B C
DEO Diageo PLC ADS B B
DHR Danaher Corp. B C
HCA HCA Holdings Inc. B D
HUM Humana Inc. C B
IR Ingersoll-Rand Plc B C
LLY Eli Lilly & Co. B B
MCK McKesson Corp. B C
MRO Marathon Oil Corp. B C
NOK Nokia Corp. (ADR) B D
PAYX Paychex Inc. B C
PHG Royal Philips NV ADR B D
PXD Pioneer Natural Resources Co. B C
SBUX Starbucks Corp. B B
SNE Sony Corp. ADS B C
SNI Scripps Networks Interactive Inc. Cl A B B
SYY Sysco Corp. B C
TGT Target Corp. B C
TXN Texas Instruments Incorporated B B
UN Unilever N.V. (NY Reg Sh) B B
UNH UnitedHealth Group Inc. B C
UTX United Technologies Corp. B B

Last Week’s Sells, Now Holds

Symbol Company Name Quantitative Grade Fundamental Grade
CHKP Check Point Software Technologies Ltd. C B
CTSH Cognizant Technology Solutions Corp. D B
DUK Duke Energy Corp. D C
GE General Electric Co. D C
GLW Corning Inc. D C
INTU Intuit Inc. D B
RBS Royal Bank of Scotland Group PLC ADS C C
SNP China Petroleum & Chemical Corp. ADS D B
SWK Stanley Black & Decker Inc. C C
SWN Southwestern Energy Co. D C
TS Tenaris S.A. ADS C C
XRX Xerox Corp. D B
YUM Yum! Brands Inc. C C

Downgrades

Last Week’s Buys, Now Holds

Symbol Company Name Quantitative Grade Fundamental Grade
BCS Barclays PLC ADS B C
EPD Enterprise Products Partners L.P. C B
LTD L Brands Inc. C C
RCI Rogers Communications Inc. Cl B C B

Last Week’s Holds, Now Sells

Symbol Company Name Quantitative Grade Fundamental Grade
AEP American Electric Power Co. Inc. D C
CHA China Telecom Corp. Ltd. ADS D C
CHU China Unicom (Hong Kong) Ltd. ADS D B
FMS Fresenius Medical Care AG & Co. KGaA ADS D C
HCP HCP Inc. D B
KMI Kinder Morgan Inc. D C
PHI Philippine Long Distance Telephone Co. ADS D C
TRP TransCanada Corp. D C

Sincerely,

Louis Navellier

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