55 Trades to Make Before Earnings Season Ends

The S&P 500 is once again trading at record highs and it’s clear what’s behind it: Earnings season. About 80% of the companies in the S&P 500 reporting their latest quarterly results, and this earnings season has so far been the best in nearly three years. Today’s big earnings winners include GT Advanced Technologies Inc. (GTAT) and Caesars Entertainment Corp. (CZR), which are both B-rated buys in Portfolio Grader.

Of course, not all companies performed well today—there were also a string of disappointing earnings reports. Notable names include Dillard’s Inc. (DDS), MagnaChip Semiconductor Corp. (MX) and Armstrong World Industries Inc. (AWI). Then again, perhaps this shouldn’t come as a huge surprise—even before these earnings announcements each of these stocks was D-rated in Portfolio Grader.

Today is just further proof of the importance of constantly checking your portfolio for weak areas and profit opportunities. To get a pulse on the latest buying opportunities (and the stocks you should now avoid), let’s look at these stocks which have been upgraded and downgraded this weekend. Over the weekend I noticed 55 big-name stocks were on the move and have revised their ratings to reflect the latest data. Let’s take a look:

55 Recommendations Straight Out of Portfolio Grader

Upgrades

Last Week’s Holds, Now Buys

Symbol Company Name Quantitative Grade Fundamental Grade
AKAM Akamai Technologies, Inc. B B
BAC Bank of America Corporation B B
GPS Gap, Inc. B B
HP Helmerich & Payne, Inc. B B
INTU Intuit Inc. B C
LBTYK Liberty Global Plc Class C B C
MDT Medtronic, Inc. B B
PCYC Pharmacyclics, Inc. B C
STX Seagate Technology PLC B C

Last Week’s Sells, Now Holds

Symbol Company Name Quantitative Grade Fundamental Grade
CF CF Industries Holdings, Inc. C C
CMI Cummins Inc. D C
CPB Campbell Soup Company D C
CX Cemex SAB de CV Sponsored ADR C D
CXO Concho Resources Inc. C C
EMN Eastman Chemical Company D B
GM General Motors Company C D
KRFT Kraft Foods Group, Inc. D B
LLY Eli Lilly and Company D C
LMCA Liberty Media Corp. Class A C C
MJN Mead Johnson Nutrition Company D C
MON Monsanto Company D C
TXT Textron Inc. D C

Downgrades

Last Week’s Buys, Now Holds

Symbol Company Name Quantitative Grade Fundamental Grade
AFL Aflac Incorporated C C
ATVI Activision Blizzard, Inc. C C
BBT BB&T Corporation C C
CMCSA Comcast Corporation Class A C B
ICE IntercontinentalExchange Group, Inc. B D
KEY KeyCorp C C
MMC Marsh & McLennan Companies, Inc. C C
MMM 3M Company C B
MWE MarkWest Energy Partners, L.P. B D
NSC Norfolk Southern Corporation C B
OMC Omnicom Group Inc C C
PBA Pembina Pipeline Corporation C C
PCP Precision Castparts Corp. C B
RF Regions Financial Corporation C C
SIAL Sigma-Aldrich Corporation C C
XRX Xerox Corporation C C

Last Week’s Holds, Now Sells

Symbol Company Name Quantitative Grade Fundamental Grade
AMZN Amazon.com, Inc. D C
CCI Crown Castle International Corp. D B
CL Colgate-Palmolive Company D C
CLX Clorox Company D C
DTE DTE Energy Company D C
ETR Entergy Corporation D C
GIS General Mills, Inc. D C
IP International Paper Company D C
JPM JPMorgan Chase & Co. D C
PAA Plains All American Pipeline, L.P. D C
PEP PepsiCo, Inc. D C
PSA Public Storage D B
ROP Roper Industries, Inc. D B
RY Royal Bank of Canada D C
SWK Stanley Black & Decker, Inc. D C
TS Tenaris S.A. Sponsored ADR F D
WM Waste Management, Inc. D D

Sincerely,

Louis Navellier

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