Prepare For The Earnings Rush With These 50 Trades

Third-quarter earnings season is just now picking up, so it’s not too late to reposition your portfolio for maximum profits. This quarter, annual earnings growth for the S&P 500 could be as high as 10%, and sales should be up around 3%. That’s a dramatic improvement over the last quarter. The U.S. dollar has “cracked” in recent months, and a weaker dollar tends to foster windfall profits for multinational companies. With the flight to quality intensifying by the day, the stakes are higher than ever to isolate the best buys on the market right now.

And you can do just that by running your positions through Portfolio Grader. I’ll get you started by reviewing the 50 big blue chips that were just upgraded and downgraded this week in Portfolio Grader. If you hold any of the stocks below, you may want to take note because they are making big moves.


Last Week’s Holds, Now Buys

Symbol Company Name Quantitative Grade Fundamental Grade
A Agilent Technologies, Inc. B C
AVGO Avago Technologies Limited B B
BMO Bank of Montreal B B
CHKP Check Point Software B B
MHFI McGraw Hill Financial, Inc. C B
NBL Noble Energy, Inc. B B
PEP PepsiCo, Inc. B B
PH Parker-Hannifin Corporation B C
STJ St. Jude Medical, Inc. B C
UPS United Parcel Service, Inc. B C
VIP VimpelCom Ltd.  B C

Last Week’s Sells, Now Holds

Symbol Company Name Quantitative Grade Fundamental Grade
ABT Abbott Laboratories D B
CXO Concho Resources Inc. C D
FRX Forest Laboratories, Inc. C C
GOOG Google Inc. Class A C C
INTC Intel Corporation C C
PRGO Perrigo Company D C
VZ Verizon Communications Inc. D C


Last Week’s Buys, Now Holds

Symbol Company Name Quantitative Grade Fundamental Grade
BAC Bank of America Corporation C C
CLX The Clorox Company C C
COP ConocoPhillips C C
DOW The Dow Chemical Company C B
HES Hess Corporation C B
HMC Honda Motor Co., Ltd.  B D
HUM Humana Inc. C B
IR Ingersoll-Rand Plc C C
KEY KeyCorp C C
KORS Michael Kors Holdings Ltd C B
LO Lorillard, Inc. C C
MFC Manulife Financial Corporation B D
NJ Nidec Corporation  B D
NVS Novartis AG  C C
PGR The Progressive Corporation C B
REGN Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, Inc. C C
SDRL Seadrill Ltd. C B
TRV The Travelers Companies, Inc. D B
UNP Union Pacific Corporation C C
WYNN Wynn Resorts, Limited B C

Last Week’s Holds, Now Sells

Symbol Company Name Quantitative Grade Fundamental Grade
AZN AstraZeneca PLC  D C
BCS Barclays PLC  D C
COF Capital One Financial Corporation D B
ENI Enersis S.A.  D B
GS The Goldman Sachs Group, Inc. D B
JNPR Juniper Networks, Inc. D B
KSS Kohl’s Corporation D C
MET MetLife, Inc. D C
NU Northeast Utilitites D B
NUE Nucor Corporation D C
SNY Sanofi  D D


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