42 Stocks On a Slippery Slope

If you’ve been keeping up with this daily blog, you know that first-quarter earnings season is just around the corner. While earning season should present a good buying opportunity for savvy stock pickers, this also means that it’s time to watch out for what I like to call "slippery slope" stocks. More on that in a moment.

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 an uncertain market, 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 42 moderately aggressive and aggressive-rated stocks you’ll want to steer clear of in the coming months.

42 Slippery Slope Stocks
Symbol Company Name Quantitative
ACHC Acadia Healthcare Company Inc. F C F
ALNY Alnylam Pharmaceuticals, Inc F C D
BKD Brookdale Senior Living Inc. F D F
BMRN BioMarin Pharmaceutical Inc. D D D
BMY Bristol-Myers Squibb Company F C D
CAVM Cavium Inc. D C D
CCJ Cameco Corporation D C D
CF CF Industries Holdings Inc. D F D
CLLS Cellectis SA F D F
DFBG Differential Brands Group Inc. F C D
ENDP Endo International Plc F D F
ERIC LM Ericsson Telefon AB F D F
ESV Ensco plc D C D
FEYE FireEye Inc. F C D
FSLR First Solar Inc. F D F
GRPN Groupon Inc. D C D
HFC HollyFrontier Corporation F C F
HZNP Horizon Pharma plc D D D
ICPT Intercept Pharmaceuticals Inc. F D F
JUNO Juno Therapeutics Inc. F C D
KSS Kohl’s Corporation D C D
LC LendingClub Corp D D D
LILA Liberty Global Plc LiLAC Group F C F
LM Legg Mason Inc. D C D
LULU Lululemon Athletica Inc F C D
LYG Lloyds Banking Group plc F C D
M Macy’s Inc F C D
PANW Palo Alto Networks Inc. D C D
RAD Rite Aid Corporation F C F
RARE Ultragenyx Pharmaceutical Inc. F D D
RBS Royal Bank of Scotland Group plc D C D
SIG Signet Jewelers Limited F C F
SPI SPI Energy Co Ltd F C D
SPLS Staples Inc. F D F
TPX Tempur Sealy International Inc D C D
TRIP TripAdvisor Inc. F D D
TWTR Twitter Inc. F D D
VRX Valeant Pharmaceuticals International Inc. F D F
WFT Weatherford International plc D D D
WUBA 58.com Inc. F C D
XON Intrexon Corporation F D F


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