Forget Cyber Monday: Buy These 17 Blue Chips Instead

As anyone who watched professional or college football over the Thanksgiving weekend can tell you, the best defense is a strong offense. This wisdom applies both on the playing field and on Wall Street right now because we’re in a unique market environment.

We are in the seasonally strongest time of year for the stock market. The seasonal strength is typically caused by year-end pension funding as well as the fact that folks tend to be happier during the holidays. In other words, as we gather to celebrate the holidays with friends and family, consumer sentiment tends to improve and that tends to rub off on investor sentiment and cause an early “January effect.”

But this time, it’s going to be a bit different from past years. Instead of a broad-based rally, we’re seeing a rotation into quality stocks as investors gravitate towards those stocks that are most likely to sustain strong sales and earnings growth. This flight to quality will likely carry over into the New Year.

So we need a strategy. Like the bargain hunters that are scouring the internet for bargain buys, we also need to focus on good deals. I’ll get you started by listing the latest upgrades and downgrades in my stock screening tool, Portfolio Grader. Over the weekend I noticed 55 big-name stocks were on the move and have revised their ratings to reflect the latest data. I’ll start with the 17 stocks that have been upgraded to buys.


Last Week’s Holds, Now Buys

Symbol Company Name Quantitative Grade Fundamental Grade
BAC Bank of America Corporation B B
BBBY Bed Bath & Beyond Inc. B B
BX The Blackstone Group L.P. B C
CHKP Check Point Software Technologies Ltd. B B
HIG The Hartford Financial Services Group, Inc. B C
KSS Kohl’s Corporation B C
LBTYA Liberty Global Plc B C
LBTYK Liberty Global Plc Class C B C
M Macy’s Inc B B
MSI Motorola Solutions, Inc. C B
NOK Nokia Oyj B C
PAYX Paychex, Inc. B C
RYAAY Ryanair Holdings Plc B C
STX Seagate Technology PLC B C
VIP VimpelCom Ltd. B D
VLO Valero Energy Corporation B C
WDAY Workday, Inc. B C

Last Week’s Sells, Now Holds

Symbol Company Name Quantitative Grade Fundamental Grade
BBT BB&T Corporation C D
COF Capital One Financial Corporation D B
DFS Discover Financial Services D B
DVA DaVita HealthCare Partners Inc. D B
EPD Enterprise Products Partners L.P. C C
KRFT Kraft Foods Group, Inc. D C
LINTA Liberty Interactive Corporation D C
QCOM QUALCOMM Incorporated D B
ROP Roper Industries, Inc. D C
TIF Tiffany & Co. C B
TSM Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing D C


Last Week’s Buys, Now Holds

Symbol Company Name Quantitative Grade Fundamental Grade
ADM Archer-Daniels-Midland Company B C
BMO Bank of Montreal C B
CNP CenterPoint Energy, Inc. D C
D Dominion Resources, Inc. C C
GLW Corning Incorporated C C
KEP Korea Electric Power Corporation B C
KORS Michael Kors Holdings Ltd C B
NEE NextEra Energy, Inc. C B
SLF Sun Life Financial Inc. C C

Last Week’s Holds, Now Sells

Symbol Company Name Quantitative Grade Fundamental Grade
A Agilent Technologies, Inc. D C
ABT Abbott Laboratories D B
ADI Analog Devices, Inc. D C
APA Apache Corporation D B
BCH Banco de Chile D B
BNS The Bank of Nova Scotia D C
DG Dollar General Corporation D B
DUK Duke Energy Corporation D C
GPC Genuine Parts Company D C
HTZ Hertz Global Holdings, Inc. D C
ITW Illinois Tool Works Inc. D C
NBL Noble Energy, Inc. D C
PAA Plains All American Pipeline, L.P. D C
PEG Public Service Enterprise Group D C
PPL PPL Corporation D C
PSX Phillips 66 D D
SLB Schlumberger NV D B


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