74 Actions To Take For The Earnings Shakeout

If today’s trading action is any kind of indication for what’s to come, we should be prepared for some additional near-term bumpiness. Investors have finally figured out that the S&P 500’s earnings are expected to stall to barely a 2% annual pace, so we’re seeing a flight to quality stocks. The first few weeks of earnings season are crucial, and we’ll likely see a lot of changes in my Portfolio Grader stock rating system. When a company reports earnings, I import the latest financial results; the new data have a big impact on each stock’s Fundamental Grade. So I strongly recommend that you to continue running your stocks through Portfolio Grader; you can do this quickly and easily by saving your portfolio to the system.

In the meantime, we’re seeing plenty of upgrades and downgrades among Wall Street’s most popular stocks. So let’s look at the 74 big 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
CERN Cerner Corp. B B
CMG Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc. B B
CS Credit Suisse Group AG ADS B B
DEO Diageo PLC ADS B B
HBC HSBC Holdings PLC ADS B B
ICE IntercontinentalExchange Inc. B C
NGG National Grid PLC ADS B C
PHG Royal Philips NV ADR B D
SBUX Starbucks Corp. B B
STJ St. Jude Medical Inc. B C
SYK Stryker Corp. B C
UBS UBS AG B C
WFC Wells Fargo & Co. B B
XLNX Xilinx Inc. B B
ZMH Zimmer Holdings Inc. B C

Last Week’s Sells, Now Holds

Symbol Company Name Quantitative Grade Fundamental Grade
BEN Franklin Resources Inc. D B
BNS Bank of Nova Scotia D C
CHK Chesapeake Energy Corp. D C
CTRX Catamaran Corp D C
DB Deutsche Bank AG C C
EIX Edison International D B
GD General Dynamics Corp. C C
JCI Johnson Controls Inc. C C
LUK Leucadia National Corp. C C
UAL United Continental Holdings Inc. C C

Downgrades

Last Week’s Buys, Now Holds

Symbol Company Name Quantitative Grade Fundamental Grade
AME Ametek Inc. C B
APH Amphenol Corp. Cl A C B
BMY Bristol-Myers Squibb Co. B C
CHT Chunghwa Telecom Co. Ltd. ADS B C
DTE DTE Energy Co. C B
GPC Genuine Parts Co. C C
ITW Illinois Tool Works Inc. C B
MDLZ Mondelez International Inc. Cl A C C
MRO Marathon Oil Corp. C C
MUR Murphy Oil Corp. C C
NEE NextEra Energy Inc B C
NLSN Nielsen Holdings N.V. C C
OMC Omnicom Group Inc. C C
PXD Pioneer Natural Resources Co. C C
SNY Sanofi SA ADR B D
SRCL Stericycle Inc. C B
SYT Syngenta AG ADS C B
TYC Tyco International Ltd. B C
VLO Valero Energy Corp. C B
WBK Westpac Banking Corp. ADS C C
WYNN Wynn Resorts Ltd. C B

Last Week’s Holds, Now Sells

Symbol Company Name Quantitative Grade Fundamental Grade
A Agilent Technologies Inc. D C
AMZN Amazon.com Inc. D C
AZN AstraZeneca PLC ADS D C
BG Bunge Ltd. D C
CCL Carnival Corp. D C
CHU China Unicom (Hong Kong) Ltd. ADS D B
CLR Continental Resources Inc. Oklahoma D B
CNI Canadian National Railway Co. D C
CVX Chevron Corp. D C
EEP Enbridge Energy Partners L.P. Cl A D D
ESV Ensco PLC Cl A D C
ETR Entergy Corp. D B
FAST Fastenal Co. D C
FLR Fluor Corp. D C
HOT Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide Inc. D C
INTU Intuit Inc. D B
KO Coca-Cola Co. D C
MBT Mobile TeleSystems ADS D C
MSFT Microsoft Corp. D C
QCOM QUALCOMM Inc. F B
RL Ralph Lauren Corporation D B
SAP SAP AG ADS D C
SSL Sasol Ltd. ADS D C
SWK Stanley Black & Decker Inc. D C
SWN Southwestern Energy Co. D C
TRP TransCanada Corp. F C
USB U.S. Bancorp F C

Sincerely,

Louis Navellier

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