How the Mighty Have Fallen: 61 Blue Chip Trades To Make Right Away

Just as the ides of March marked the downfall of Julius Caesar, last week brought several industry titans to their knees. Shares of General Motors (GM) plunged last week after the car maker was hit with criticism related to ignition problems and botched recalls. Competitors Ford (F) and Toyota (TM) were also swept up in the bad press and saw their share prices fall. So over the weekend I downgraded all three auto makers in Portfolio Grader to D-rated sells (all were previously C-rated holds).

It just comes to show that a lot can happen in a week, even with Wall Street’s biggest players. So let’s look at the 61 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.

Upgrades

Last Week’s Holds, Now Buys

Symbol Company Name Quantitative Grade Fundamental Grade Total Grade
ATVI Activision Blizzard, Inc. B C B
CMCSK Comcast Corp. Special B C B
EPD Enterprise Products Partners L.P. B C B
FMC FMC Corp. B B B
MMC Marsh & McLennan Companies, Inc. B B B
NI NiSource Inc. B C B
PEG Public Service Enterprise Group Incorporated B C B
RAI Reynolds American Inc. B C B
REGN Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, Inc. B C B
SBUX Starbucks Corp. B C B
SRE Sempra Energy B C B
STI SunTrust Banks, Inc. B C B
TJX TJX Companies, Inc. B B B
TYC Tyco International Ltd. B B B

Last Week’s Sells, Now Holds

Symbol Company Name Quantitative Grade Fundamental Grade Total Grade
CL Colgate-Palmolive Company C C C
CNI Canadian National Railway Company D C C
COP ConocoPhillips C C C
CP Canadian Pacific Railway D C C
DTE DTE Energy Company C C C
JWN Nordstrom, Inc. D C C
MPC Marathon Petroleum Corp. D B C
PCG PG&E Corp. C C C
PPL PPL Corp. C D C
PSA Public Storage C B C
SHG Shinhan Financial Group Co., Ltd. D C C
STO Statoil ASA C D C
VNO Vornado Realty Trust C D C
WEC Wisconsin Energy Corp. C B C
WHR Whirlpool Corp. D B C
WPZ Williams Partners L.P. C D C

Downgrades

Last Week’s Buys, Now Holds

Symbol Company Name Quantitative Grade Fundamental Grade Total Grade
AAPL Apple Inc. C B C
ADSK Autodesk, Inc. C C C
AFL Aflac Incorporated C C C
AON Aon plc C B C
BDX Becton, Dickinson and Company C C C
COL Rockwell Collins, Inc. C B C
ETP Energy Transfer Partners, L.P. B D C
FLS Flowserve Corp. C C C
NVO Novo Nordisk A/S C C C
SNI Scripps Networks Interactive, Inc. B C C
UAL United Continental Holdings, Inc. C B C

Last Week’s Holds, Now Sells

Symbol Company Name Quantitative Grade Fundamental Grade Total Grade
CLR Continental Resources, Inc. D C D
CNQ Canadian Natural Resources Limited D B D
CRH CRH Plc D C D
DHR Danaher Corp. D B D
F Ford Motor Company D B D
GM General Motors Company D D D
GPC Genuine Parts Company D C D
INFY Infosys Limited D B D
KMX CarMax, Inc. D C D
MSI Motorola Solutions, Inc. D C D
NOV National Oilwell Varco, Inc. F B D
PH Parker-Hannifin Corp. D B D
ROP Roper Industries, Inc. D B D
SMFG Sumitomo Mitsui Financial Group, Inc. D B D
SYY Sysco Corp. D C D
TM Toyota Motor Corp. D B D
TRI Thomson Reuters Corp. D D D
TXT Textron Inc. D C D
VZ Verizon Communications Inc. F B D
WFT Weatherford International Ltd. C D D

Sincerely,

Louis Navellier

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