Spring Into Profits With These 33 Trades

Welcome to the month of March!

After such a strong run in February, naturally I’ve gotten a lot of questions on whether we can keep up the momentum in March. To that, I say yes. For starters, the data is on our side: March is historically a solid month for us. There’s always a possibility that we’ll encounter pockets of bumpiness as some stocks consolidate slightly in the wake of their stunning sales and earnings growth, so March may be a bit bumpy. However, we are still in the midst of the seasonally strong time of year, since pension funding persists through April 15. The flow of funds into the stock market should remain very steady in the upcoming weeks, and any dips will represent good near-term buying opportunities.

And after April 15 when the pension funding faucet is turned off, we’ll have yet another stunning earnings announcement season to look forward to in late April and May. It is also important to note that the harsh winter for much of the U.S. should turn into a spring thaw that is expected to spark both business and consumer spending in the upcoming months, so I expect more positive analyst earnings revisions in the upcoming weeks.

So the stock market is looking great as we head into the spring season. But before you buy, let’s look at the 33 big blue chips that have been upgraded and downgraded this weekend. After taking a close look at the latest data on institutional buying pressure and each company’s fundamental health, I decided to revise my Portfolio Grader recommendations for each of the stocks listed below.


Last Week’s Holds, Now Buys

Symbol Company Name Quantitative Grade Fundamental Grade Total Grade
AAPL Apple Inc. B B B
AFL Aflac Incorporated B C B
AON Aon plc B B B
BBT BB&T Corporation B C B
BDX Becton, Dickinson and Company B C B
CHKP Check Point Software Technologies Ltd. B B B
ORAN Orange SA B C B

Last Week’s Sells, Now Holds

Symbol Company Name Quantitative Grade Fundamental Grade Total Grade
ACE ACE Limited D B C
APH Amphenol Corporation D B C
GM General Motors Company C D C
MON Monsanto Company D C C
NOV National Oilwell Varco, Inc. D C C
PEP PepsiCo, Inc. D C C
ROP Roper Industries, Inc. D B C
SLM SLM Corporation C C C
TSM Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co., Ltd. D C C
VZ Verizon Communications Inc. D B C


Last Week’s Buys, Now Holds

Symbol Company Name Quantitative Grade Fundamental Grade Total Grade
CELG Celgene Corporation C C C
D Dominion Resources, Inc. B C C
EPD Enterprise Products Partners L.P. C C C
FOXA Twenty-First Century Fox, Inc. C C C
JCI Johnson Controls, Inc. C B C
NI NiSource Inc. C C C
PBA Pembina Pipeline Corporation C C C
SKM SK Telecom Co., Ltd. C B C
STX Seagate Technology PLC C C C
TI Telecom Italia S.p.A. B D C

Last Week’s Holds, Now Sells

Symbol Company Name Quantitative Grade Fundamental Grade Total Grade
EIX Edison International D C D
LNKD LinkedIn Corporation D D D
PCG PG&E Corporation D C D
PHG Royal Philips NV D C D
VNO Vornado Realty Trust C D D
YNDX Yandex NV D B D


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