Historically, September is one of the weakest months on record for the overall market. In fact, as I write this, the S&P 500 is up only one percentage point this entire month. But next week, we begin October, and with that, we start a new quarter and a new earnings season emerges on the horizon. So, you want to make sure you’re invested in fundamentally superior stocks right now. In today’s blog, I’ll reveal to you 15 big name stocks to help you end September strong.
As we’ve discussed before in this blog, September is often a "window dressing" month for institutional fund managers. Quarter-end window dressing means that fund managers are realigning their portfolios, ditching the losers and picking up the best-performing stocks from the quarter. So, these last few days of September typically ignite a flight to quality.
That means you need to know which stocks are set to soar right now. Here are 15 A-rated stocks to help you end this month in a position of strength:
|BABA||Alibaba Group Holding Ltd.||A||A||A|
|PYPL||PayPal Holdings Inc||A||B||A|
|RDS.A||Royal Dutch Shell Plc||A||C||A|
|TWX||Time Warner Inc.||A||B||A|
|UNH||UnitedHealth Group Incorporated||A||B||A|
Remember, you can always check your stock ratings 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 will be the first ones to take a beating during a correction. I’ll be back tomorrow with your economic news for the week.