Ready to Take Profits? Start With These 32 Blue Chips.

As I mentioned in yesterday’s blog, I expect the market to retest its August 24 lows a few more times between now and the end of October.

The best way to prepare for hedge against volatility is by realigning your portfolio for maximum performance. If you want to avoid many of the headaches that come with fall trading, start by trimming the dead weight in your portfolio. Ensure smooth and steady returns by sticking with more conservative stocks.

And you can do this by checking your stocks in Portfolio Grader. When you run your holdings through this screening tool, take note of each stock’s Quantitative Grade (the current level of institutional buying pressure) and each stock’s Fundamental Grade (a weighted blend of eight financial metrics). Also check which of your stocks are rated as Conservative, Moderately Aggressive or Aggressive. Shoot to have 60% of your holdings in Conservative stocks, 30% in Moderately Aggressive and 10% in Aggressive.

I can’t stress this last point enough because aggressive stocks are the first one to take a beating in a correction, so you’ll want to limit your exposure to these "spicier" stocks. To get you started, here are 32 aggressively-rated stocks you’ll want to steer clear of in the coming months.

Symbol Company Name Quantitative Grade Fundamental Grade Total Grade
ABX Barrick Gold Corp. F D F
ASNA Ascena Retail Group Inc. D D D
AU AngloGold Ashanti Limited D D D
CCJ Cameco Corp. D D D
CLR Continental Resources Inc. F D F
CNX CONSOL Energy Inc. F F F
CPG Crescent Point Energy Corp. F F F
CREE Cree Inc. F F F
ECA Encana Corp. F F F
EGO Eldorado Gold Corp. F D F
FCX Freeport-McMoRan Inc. F F F
GLNG Golar LNG Limited F D D
GNW Genworth Financial Inc. F D D
GPOR Gulfport Energy Corp. F D F
KGC Kinross Gold Corp. D D D
LPI Laredo Petroleum Inc. D D D
MEOH Methanex Corp. F D F
MRO Marathon Oil Corp. F F F
MTW Manitowoc Company Inc. F D D
NBR Nabors Industries Ltd. F D F
RICE Rice Energy Inc. D D D
RRC Range Resources Corp. F D F
SDRL Seadrill Ltd. F D F
SPN Superior Energy Services Inc. F F F
STO Statoil ASA F D F
SUNE SunEdison Inc. D D D
SWN Southwestern Energy Company F F F
TCK Teck Resources Limited F D F
TRGP Targa Resources Corp. F D F
WFT Weatherford International plc F D D
WLL Whiting Petroleum Corp. F D F
YNDX Yandex NV F D F

Sincerely,

Louis Navellier

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