47 Ways to End Earnings Season On A High Note

Earnings season may be wrapping up in the next few weeks, but the last push is going to be an important one. Along with the usual small- and mid-cap rush late in the season, we still have 50 S&P 500 companies on deck to report earnings, especially in retail. Wal-Mart Stores (WMT) reports on the 15th, Target Corp. (TGT) reports on the 21st and Dollar Tree Inc. (DLTR) announces quarterly results on the 22nd. During these last crucial weeks, and we’ll likely see more 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, thanks to the latest earnings results, we’re seeing plenty of upgrades and downgrades among Wall Street’s most popular stocks. So let’s look at the 47 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
ADP Automatic Data Processing, Inc. B C
ARMH ARM Holdings plc ADR B C
BAX Baxter International Inc. B C
BUD Anheuser-Busch InBev SA ADR C B
CB The Chubb Corporation C B
DEO Diageo plc Sponsored ADR B C
KOF Coca-Cola FEMSA SAB de CV ADR B C
LTD L Brands, Inc. B C
MDLZ Mondelez International, Inc. B C
PCLN priceline.com Incorporated B B
PSX Phillips 66 B C

Last Week’s Sells, Now Holds

Symbol Company Name Quantitative Grade Fundamental Grade
AV Aviva plc  ADR C B
BG Bunge Limited C C
CHU China Unicom (Hong Kong) Limited ADR D B
CIE Cobalt International Energy, Inc. C C
DB Deutsche Bank Aktiengesellschaft C D
DOW The Dow Chemical Company D B
EBAY eBay Inc. D C
LO Lorillard, Inc. D C
MJN Mead Johnson Nutrition Company D C
MNST Monster Beverage Corporation C C
MSFT Microsoft Corporation D B
UGP Ultrapar Participacoes S.A.  ADR D C
WFM Whole Foods Market, Inc. D C
YUM YUM! Brands, Inc. C C

Downgrades

Last Week’s Buys, Now Holds

Symbol Company Name Quantitative Grade Fundamental Grade
IR Ingersoll-Rand Plc C C
MMC Marsh & McLennan Companies, Inc. C B
NBL Noble Energy, Inc. C B
RRC Range Resources Corporation C B
SE Spectra Energy Corp B C
VRSK Verisk Analytics, Inc. C B
WYNN Wynn Resorts, Limited C C
XLNX Xilinx, Inc. C B

Last Week’s Holds, Now Sells

Symbol Company Name Quantitative Grade Fundamental Grade
ADI Analog Devices, Inc. D C
BIDU Baidu, Inc.  ADR  D C
BWA BorgWarner Inc. D B
CHK Chesapeake Energy Corporation D C
CRM salesforce.com, inc. D C
CTSH Cognizant Technology Solutions Corp. D B
DTV DIRECTV D C
DUK Duke Energy Corporation D C
KSS Kohl’s Corporation D B
MRO Marathon Oil Corporation D C
PH Parker-Hannifin Corporation D C
SWN Southwestern Energy Company D B
TTM Tata Motors Limited ADR D C
TU TELUS Corporation D C

Sincerely,

Louis Navellier

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