99 Upgrades (and Downgrades) for the Week

During these busy times, it pays to stay on top of the latest profit opportunities. And today’s blog post should be a great place to start. 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 99 big blue chips. Chances are that you have at least one of these stocks in your portfolio, so you may want to give this list a skim and act accordingly.

Upgraded: From Hold to Buy
Symbol Company Name Quantitative Grade Fundamental Grade Total Grade
ADI Analog Devices, Inc. B B B
APD Air Products and Chemicals, Inc. B C B
APH Amphenol Corporation B B B
BABA Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. B C B
BLL Ball Corporation B C B
BNS Bank of Nova Scotia B C B
CTRP Ctrip.com International Ltd B C B
CXO Concho Resources Inc. B D B
DOV Dover Corporation B C B
EBAY eBay Inc. B B B
EL Estee Lauder Companies Inc. B C B
EMC EMC Corporation B B B
IHG InterContinental Hotels Group PLC B B B
MNST Monster Beverage Corporation B C B
PBA Pembina Pipeline Corporation B C B
PX Praxair, Inc. B B B
QSR Restaurant Brands International Inc. B B B
SNE Sony Corporation B D B
SYT Syngenta AG B C B
TWX Time Warner Inc. B B B
UL Unilever PLC B C B
UN Unilever NV ADR B C B
VIA Viacom Inc. B C B
WMT Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. B C B
WU Western Union Company B B B
ZTS Zoetis, Inc. B B B

Upgraded: From Sell to Hold
Symbol Company Name Quantitative Grade Fundamental Grade Total Grade
BBT BB&T Corporation D C C
BIDU Baidu, Inc. C C C
BP BP p.l.c. C D C
CP Canadian Pacific Railway Limited C C C
CSX CSX Corporation C C C
DE Deere & Company C C C
DISCK Discovery Communications, Inc. D B C
DVN Devon Energy Corporation C C C
FITB Fifth Third Bancorp D B C
JCI Johnson Controls, Inc. C C C
LB L Brands, Inc. C C C
LVS Las Vegas Sands Corp. C C C
LYB LyondellBasell Industries NV D C C
MU Micron Technology, Inc. C D C
MYL Mylan N.V. D B C
NFLX Netflix, Inc. D B C
NXPI NXP Semiconductors NV C C C
ORAN Orange SA C C C
PAA Plains All American Pipeline, L.P. C D C
PHG Royal Philips NV C C C
RF Regions Financial Corporation D C C
RYAAY Ryanair Holdings Plc C C C
SLF Sun Life Financial Inc. D B C
STO Statoil ASA C D C
TEL TE Connectivity Ltd. D B C
TM Toyota Motor Corp. D C C
TSCO Tractor Supply Company D C C
TXT Textron Inc. D B C
USB U.S. Bancorp D B C
VMW VMware, Inc. D B C

Downgraded: From Buy to Hold
Symbol Company Name Quantitative Grade Fundamental Grade Total Grade
ADP Automatic Data Processing, Inc. C C C
AVB AvalonBay Communities, Inc. C B C
BLK BlackRock, Inc. B C C
CRM salesforce.com, inc. C C C
CSCO Cisco Systems, Inc. C C C
CTXS Citrix Systems, Inc. C B C
D Dominion Resources, Inc. C C C
DHI D.R. Horton, Inc. D B C
EOG EOG Resources, Inc. B C C
EXC Exelon Corporation B C C
EXR Extra Space Storage Inc. C B C
GGP General Growth Properties, Inc. C C C
HCN Welltower, Inc. B C C
LOW Lowe’s Companies, Inc. C B C
MAC Macerich Company C B C
MMP Magellan Midstream Partners, L.P. C B C
NUE Nucor Corporation C B C
PGR Progressive Corporation B C C
PSA Public Storage C C C
S Sprint Corp. B C C
SHW Sherwin-Williams Company C C C
TJX TJX Companies, Inc. C B C
VNO Vornado Realty Trust C C C
WHR Whirlpool Corporation D B C

Downgraded: From Hold to Sell
Symbol Company Name Quantitative Grade Fundamental Grade Total Grade
CHA China Telecom Corp. Ltd. D C D
ETP Energy Transfer Partners, L.P. D C D
HES Hess Corporation D C D
LLY Eli Lilly and Company D B D
LUV Southwest Airlines Co. D B D
PSX Phillips 66 D D D
SLG SL Green Realty Corp. D C D
TGT Target Corporation D B D
WY Weyerhaeuser Company D D D

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