33 Trades To Combat the Chill on Wall Street

With temperatures across the country falling fast, Wall Street also cooled down today. The three major indices closed down as investors played the waiting game on the FOMC’s monthly minutes, which get released later this week. Hm. There’s an old axiom that January sets the tone for the year in the stock market, and it’s mostly true. I saw one statistic that stocks performed for the full year as they did in the first month 73% of the time over the last 85 years. So should we be concerned that the first few days of trading in 2014 were lackluster?

Nope. It’s whole month that sets the tone, not just the first day. From where I’m standing, 2014 looks like it’s going to be another strong year. The positive forces that were in place on December 31, 2013 are still in place here in 2014.Of course, that doesn’t mean that we can just sit on our laurels. To make the most of the current market strength we’re seeing right now, I’ve drawn up a list of the latest high-profile upgrades and downgrades in Portfolio Grader. Let’s start with eight stocks that have been upgraded to buys this week:

Upgrades

Last Week’s Holds, Now Buys

Symbol Company Name Quantitative Grade Fundamental Grade
DIS The Walt Disney Company B C
EPD Enterprise Products Partners L.P. B C
HD The Home Depot, Inc. B B
IR Ingersoll-Rand Plc B C
MHK Mohawk Industries, Inc. B B
RYAAY Ryanair Holdings Plc  B C
STT State Street Corporation B C
V Visa Inc.  B B

Last Week’s Sells, Now Holds

Symbol Company Name Quantitative Grade Fundamental Grade
AGN Allergan, Inc. D B
BK The Bank of New York Mellon Corporation D C
TI Telecom Italia S.p.A.  C D

Downgrades

Last Week’s Buys, Now Holds

Symbol Company Name Quantitative Grade Fundamental Grade
AFL Aflac Incorporated C C
BWA BorgWarner Inc. C B
CNA CNA Financial Corporation C B
FMS Fresenius Medical Care AG & Co. C C
INFY Infosys Limited  C B
MAT Mattel, Inc. C B
PAYX Paychex, Inc. C C
SIAL Sigma-Aldrich Corporation C B
SNDK SanDisk Corporation C A
SRE Sempra Energy C C
TRI Thomson Reuters Corporation B C

Last Week’s Holds, Now Sells

Symbol Company Name Quantitative Grade Fundamental Grade
CLR Continental Resources, Inc. D B
CXO Concho Resources Inc. D C
KLAC KLA-Tencor Corporation D C
KRFT Kraft Foods Group, Inc. D C
KSU Kansas City Southern D C
NTAP NetApp, Inc. D B
RAI Reynolds American Inc. D C
SAN Banco Santander S.A.  D C
SYK Stryker Corporation D C
TOT Total SA   D C
XOM Exxon Mobil Corporation D C

Sincerely,

Louis Navellier

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