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It’s about time! After last week’s temper tantrum, it’s refreshing to see the market finally focus its attention on first-quarter earnings season. This is really where the best profit opportunities are to be found—not in the sensationalist one-liners and the bubble talk being thrown around by some bears in the financial media.

At the forefront was Citigroup’s earnings announcement, which I covered in today’s Stock of the Day. While I don’t currently recommend Citigroup shares for new money at this time, it’s encouraging to see that the bank beat estimates. Tomorrow, things really heat up with several industry leaders reporting quarterly results: Charles Schwab Corp. (SCHW), CSX Corp. (CSX), Intel Corp. (INTC), Johnson & Johnson (JNJ), The Coca Cola Co. (KO) and Yahoo! Inc. (YHOO). Two of those stocks are currently in my Blue Chip Growth newsletter, so I’m banking on these earnings announcements helping to lift the overall market, just as Citigroup did today. Either way, you can bet that these companies will take center stage tomorrow.

So if you haven’t already, it’s time to fine-tune your portfolio so that you’re in the best position to profit this earnings season. And you can do just that by running any stock through Portfolio Grader. I’ll get you started by reviewing the 79 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 Co. Name Quantitative Grade Fundamental Grade Total Grade
ADM Archer-Daniels-Midland Co. A B B
CAT Caterpillar Inc. B B B
CLR Continental Resources Inc. A C B
CNA CNA Financial Corp. B B B
COP ConocoPhillips B C B
EMN Eastman Chemical Co. C B B
FDX FedEx Corp. B C B
GOOGL Google Inc. B C B
IMO Imperial Oil Limited B C B
MAR Marriott International Inc. B C B
MMM 3M Co. B C B
MT ArcelorMittal SA ADR B C B
PSX Phillips 66 B B B
QCOM QUALCOMM Inc. B C B
RAI Reynolds American Inc. B C B
ROK Rockwell Automation Inc. B B B
RRC Range Resources Corp. B C B
SRE Sempra Energy B C B
SU Suncor Energy Inc. B C B

Last Week’s Sells, Now Holds

Symbol Co. Name Quantitative Grade Fundamental Grade Total Grade
ACE ACE Limited D B C
AEP American Electric Power Co. Inc. D B C
ALL Allstate Corp. D B C
APA Apache Corp. C D C
BG Bunge Limited C C C
CELG Celgene Corp. D C C
CL Colgate-Palmolive Co. C C C
CNI Canadian National Railway Co. C C C
DUK Duke Energy Corp. D B C
ETR Entergy Corp. C C C
FLR Fluor Corp. D B C
GIS General Mills Inc. D C C
GWW W.W. Grainger Inc. D C C
HES Hess Corp. C C C
K Kellogg Co. D B C
OKS ONEOK Partners, L.P. C C C
PSA Public Storage D C C
REGN Regeneron Pharmaceuticals Inc. C C C
SJR Shaw Communications Inc. D B C
SLM SLM Corp. C C C
UL Unilever PLC Sponsored ADR D B C
VNO Vornado Realty Trust C D C
YUM YUM! Brands Inc. D C C

Downgrades

Last Week’s Buys, Now Holds

Symbol Co. Name Quantitative Grade Fundamental Grade Total Grade
AFL Aflac Inc. C C C
AMP Ameriprise Financial Inc. C C C
BAC Bank of America Corp. C B C
BIIB Biogen Idec Inc. C B C
CI Cigna Corp. C C C
DIS Walt Disney Co. C B C
FIS Fidelity National Information Services Inc. B C C
GILD Gilead Sciences Inc. C B C
HSY Hershey Co. C B C
JCI Johnson Controls Inc. C B C
KLAC KLA-Tencor Corp. C B C
KSS Kohl’s Corp. C C C
LLTC Linear Technology Corp. C B C
MCO Moody’s Corp. C B C
NSC Norfolk Southern Corp. C B C
PRGO Perrigo Co. Plc C C C
SLF Sun Life Financial Inc. C B C
TYC Tyco International Ltd. C B C
UAL United Continental Holdings Inc. C B C
USB U.S. Bancorp C C C
XRX Xerox Corp. C C C

Last Week’s Holds, Now Sells

Symbol Co. Name Quantitative Grade Fundamental Grade Total Grade
ABBV AbbVie Inc. D C D
AMGN Amgen Inc. D B D
BBBY Bed Bath & Beyond Inc. F C D
BK Bank of New York Mellon Corp. D C D
COG Cabot Oil & Gas Corp. D B D
GPS Gap Inc. D C D
HD Home Depot Inc. D C D
ISRG Intuitive Surgical Inc. D C D
JPM JPMorgan Chase & Co. D C D
MNST Monster Beverage Corp. D B D
NTAP NetApp Inc. D B D
NTRS Northern Trust Corp. D C D
PFE Pfizer Inc. F B D
ROP Roper Industries Inc. D B D
TWX Time Warner Inc. D C D
WFM Whole Foods Market Inc. D C D

Sincerely,

Louis Navellier

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