77 Ways to Zig While the Market is Zagging

I’ve already picked my Stock of the Day for today, but if I were to have a catch phrase of the day, it would be, “As January goes, the year goes.” And it’s no secret as to why this is on everyone’s mind. With the benchmark indices closing down over 2% today, the general fear is that February will go the way of last month–which was the first negative January in four years.

Between the emerging market jitters to the Fed’s tapering activity to mixed economic reports, Wall Street has found plenty of excuses to justify a correction. But where others see a bad omen, I see a good opportunity. That’s because this is still the best quarter for earnings that I have seen in over three years, and earnings are expected to improve over the next several quarters.

It all boils down to looking past the day-to-day market moves and zeroing in on the top stocks. We’re in the thick of a memorable fourth-quarter earnings season and I’d hate for folks to get caught up in the winter doldrums and miss out.

As always, an excellent place to start is with Portfolio Grader, which rates over 5,000 publicly-traded companies on fundamental health as well as their risk-to-return prospects. And this weekend was a big one for Portfolio Grader. When I screened for large-cap stocks, I found no fewer than 77 blue chips that were on the move. You’ll want to review this list to see if you currently own any of these companies or are thinking about it.

77 Recommendations Straight Out of Portfolio Grader


Last Week’s Holds, Now Buys

Symbol Company Name Quantitative Grade Fundamental Grade
ALXN Alexion Pharmaceuticals, Inc. B B
AON Aon plc B B
BAC Bank of America Corporation B B
BCR C. R. Bard, Inc. B B
BWA BorgWarner Inc. B B
CERN Cerner Corporation B C
CHKP Check Point Software Technologies Ltd. B B
CMCSA Comcast Corporation B C
CMCSK Comcast Corporation Special B C
COF Capital One Financial Corporation B C
DOW The Dow Chemical Company B B
EPD Enterprise Products Partners L.P. B B
HCA HCA Holdings, Inc. B C
HRL Hormel Foods Corporation B B
IRE Bank of Ireland B C
KR The Kroger Co. B C
LYG Lloyds Banking Group plc B C
MHK Mohawk Industries, Inc. C B
NSC Norfolk Southern Corporation B B
PFG Principal Financial Group, Inc. B C
PNR Pentair Ltd. B B
SKM SK Telecom Co., Ltd. B B
SNDK SanDisk Corporation C B
SNN Smith & Nephew plc B C
STX Seagate Technology PLC B C
TEVA Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Limited B C
TYC Tyco International Ltd. B B
XLNX Xilinx, Inc. C B

Last Week’s Sells, Now Holds

Symbol Company Name Quantitative Grade Fundamental Grade
BHI Baker Hughes Incorporated C C
BK The Bank of New York Mellon Corporation D C
CNI Canadian National Railway Company D C
CNQ Canadian Natural Resources Limited D C
CSX CSX Corporation C C
DUK Duke Energy Corporation D C
EIX Edison International D B
F Ford Motor Company D C
IP International Paper Company D B
ITW Illinois Tool Works Inc. C C
JPM JPMorgan Chase & Co. C C
KEP Korea Electric Power Corporation C C
KRFT Kraft Foods Group, Inc. D C
PH Parker-Hannifin Corporation D C
RCL Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. C C
ROST Ross Stores, Inc. D C
SLB Schlumberger NV D B
SYK Stryker Corporation C C
TI Telecom Italia S.p.A. C D
VMW Vmware, Inc. D B


Last Week’s Buys, Now Holds

Symbol Company Name Quantitative Grade Fundamental Grade
AAPL Apple Inc. C B
AMAT Applied Materials, Inc. C B
BBT BB&T Corporation C C
DOV Dover Corporation C C
FMS Fresenius Medical Care AG & Co. KGaA C C
MDT Medtronic, Inc. C B
MMC Marsh & McLennan Companies, Inc. C C
RF Regions Financial Corporation C C

Last Week’s Holds, Now Sells

Symbol Company Name Quantitative Grade Fundamental Grade
ALL The Allstate Corporation D C
BUD Anheuser-Busch InBev SA F B
DISCK Discovery Communications, Inc. D C
GWW W.W. Grainger, Inc. D C
HES Hess Corporation D D
HOT Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. D B
KO The Coca-Cola Company D C
LBTYA Liberty Global Plc D C
MAT Mattel, Inc. F C
MO Altria Group, Inc. D B
MS Morgan Stanley D C
MTU Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group, Inc. D B
NMR Nomura Holdings, Inc. D C
PG The Procter & Gamble Company D C
PHG Royal Philips NV D C
SNE Sony Corporation D D
SYMC Symantec Corporation D B
TD The Toronto-Dominion Bank D C
TSM Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co., Ltd. D C


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