79 Ways to Prepare for Earnings Season

First-quarter earnings season is just around the corner (Alcoa Inc. (AA) reports on April 8), and I’ve been getting us ready in this daily blog. Last week I highlighted five top stocks on analysts’ radars and ten blue chips that are expected to disappoint this earnings season. This week I’d like to continue our work in stepping back and taking a broader look at the large-cap universe.

After all, with anemic earnings growth forecast for the S&P 500 this quarter, it’s in our best interest to prepare. And you can do just that by running your positions through Portfolio Grader. I’ll get you started by reviewing the 49 big blue chips that were just upgraded and downgraded this week in Portfolio Grader. If you hold any of the stocks below, you may want to take note because they are making big moves. Let’s take a look…

Upgrades

Last Week’s Holds, Now Buys

Symbol Company Name Quantitative Grade Fundamental Grade Total Grade
AA Alcoa Inc. A F B
AAPL Apple Inc. B B B
ADM Archer-Daniels-Midland Company B B B
BHI Baker Hughes Incorporated B C B
BP BP p.l.c. B C B
CM Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce B B B
D Dominion Resources, Inc. B C B
DFS Discover Financial Services B B B
DOV Dover Corporation B C B
GSK GlaxoSmithKline plc B B B
HAL Halliburton Company B C B
KSS Kohl’s Corporation B C B
LUX Luxottica Group S.p.A. B C B
MMM 3M Company B C B
MTB M&T Bank Corporation B C B
ORAN Orange SA B B B
PBA Pembina Pipeline Corporation B C B
RYAAY Ryanair Holdings Plc B C B
SAN Banco Santander S.A. B C B
SLB Schlumberger NV B B B
SLF Sun Life Financial Inc. B B B
SSL Sasol Limited B B B
TI Telecom Italia S.p.A. A C B
TOT Total SA A C B
TTM Tata Motors Limited B B B
VE Veolia Environnement SA B C B
VMW Vmware, Inc. B B B
XRX Xerox Corporation B C B

Last Week’s Sells, Now Holds

Symbol Company Name Quantitative Grade Fundamental Grade Total Grade
BAM Brookfield Asset Management Inc. D C C
BBBY Bed Bath & Beyond Inc. D C C
BBL BHP Billiton Plc D B C
CCI Crown Castle International Corp. D C C
CHU China Unicom (Hong Kong) Limited D B C
COP ConocoPhillips C C C
CRH CRH Plc C C C
DE Deere & Company D B C
DTE DTE Energy Company C C C
EMR Emerson Electric Co. C C C
ETN Eaton Corp. Plc D B C
F Ford Motor Company D B C
HDB HDFC Bank Limited D B C
IMO Imperial Oil Limited C C C
IX Orix Corporation D C C
KRFT Kraft Foods Group, Inc. D B C
LFC China Life Insurance Co. Ltd. C B C
LINTA Liberty Interactive Corporation C C C
MT ArcelorMittal SA ADR C C C
MUR Murphy Oil Corporation C C C
NBL Noble Energy, Inc. C D C
NVS Novartis AG C C C
ORCL Oracle Corporation C C C
PEP PepsiCo, Inc. D C C
PHG Royal Philips NV C C C
PVH PVH Corp. C C C
RY Royal Bank of Canada C C C
STT State Street Corporation D C C
SU Suncor Energy Inc. C C C
TEF Telefonica SA D C C
TM Toyota Motor Corp. D B C
TU TELUS Corporation C C C
TV Grupo Televisa SAB de CV C C C
TXT Textron Inc. D C C

Downgrades

Last Week’s Buys, Now Holds

Symbol Company Name Quantitative Grade Fundamental Grade Total Grade
AMGN Amgen Inc. C B C
GILD Gilead Sciences, Inc. C B C
RAI Reynolds American Inc. C C C
TYC Tyco International Ltd. C B C
V Visa Inc. C B C
VRTX Vertex Pharmaceuticals Incorporated B C C

Last Week’s Holds, Now Sells

Symbol Company Name Quantitative Grade Fundamental Grade Total Grade
AGN Allergan, Inc. D C D
CERN Cerner Corporation D C D
HTZ Hertz Global Holdings, Inc. D C D
KMX CarMax, Inc. D C D
LBTYA Liberty Global Plc D C D
LLY Eli Lilly and Company D C D
PCG PG&E Corporation D C D
PSX Phillips 66 D B D
SLM SLM Corporation D C D
VNO Vornado Realty Trust C D D

Sincerely,

Louis Navellier

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