48 Last-Minute Trades Before Christmas

The stock market opened the week on a high note, with the Dow and S&P 500 closing up nearly 0.5% and the NASDAQ up over 1% (helped in part by Apple Inc. (AAPL), our Stock of the Day). Clearly, some of last week’s optimism surrounding the Fed announcement carried over to this week. This is truly the happiest time of year (with just two days left until Christmas). But if you haven’t yet on holiday vacation, there are plenty of things you can do to keep your portfolio trim and fit.

I do continue to recommend that you stay well-diversified and use periods of market strength to "trim" some profits in the hottest stocks that outpace the rest of the market. I also recommend that you continue running your positions through my Portfolio Grader screening tool. On that note, let’s look at these stocks which have been upgraded and downgraded this weekend. Over the weekend I noticed 41 big-name stocks were on the move and have revised their ratings to reflect the latest data. I’ll start with the eight stocks that have been upgraded to buys.


Last Week’s Holds, Now Buys

Symbol Company Name Quantitative Grade Fundamental Grade
AMGN Amgen Inc. B B
AZO AutoZone, Inc. B C
ESRX Express Scripts Holding Company B C
IR Ingersoll-Rand Plc B C
MHFI McGraw Hill Financial, Inc. B B
MRK Merck & Co., Inc. B C
MSI Motorola Solutions, Inc. C B
PAYX Paychex, Inc. B C
SRE Sempra Energy B C

Last Week’s Sells, Now Holds

Symbol Company Name Quantitative Grade Fundamental Grade
CPB Campbell Soup Company C C
CXO Concho Resources Inc. C C
EL The Estee Lauder Companies Inc.  D C
KRFT Kraft Foods Group, Inc. D C
KYO Kyocera Corporation  C C
LLTC Linear Technology Corporation C C
MO Altria Group, Inc. D B
RAI Reynolds American Inc. D C
REGN Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, Inc. D B
SYK Stryker Corporation C C
TOT Total SA   C C


Last Week’s Buys, Now Holds

Symbol Company Name Quantitative Grade Fundamental Grade
FITB Fifth Third Bancorp C B
HIG The Hartford Financial Services Group, Inc. C C
MFG Mizuho Financial Group, Inc.  C B
MHK Mohawk Industries, Inc. C B
MS Morgan Stanley C C
NMR Nomura Holdings, Inc.  C C
STX Seagate Technology PLC B C
TM Toyota Motor Corp.  C C

Last Week’s Holds, Now Sells

Symbol Company Name Quantitative Grade Fundamental Grade
A Agilent Technologies, Inc. D C
BK The Bank of New York Mellon Corporation D C
HMC Honda Motor Co., Ltd.  D C
HOT Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. D B
KLAC KLA-Tencor Corporation D C
KMX CarMax, Inc. D B
MUR Murphy Oil Corporation D C
NTAP NetApp, Inc. D B
NTRS Northern Trust Corporation D C
RCI Rogers Communications Inc.  D C
SDRL Seadrill Ltd. D B


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