Weekly Upgrades and Downgrades

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 102 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.

This Week’s Ratings Changes:

Upgraded: From Hold to Buy
Symbol Company Name Quantitative
Grade
Fundamental
Grade
Total
Grade
APH Amphenol Corporation Class A B C B
ASX ASE Technology Holding Co., Ltd. Sponsored ADR A D B
BLK BlackRock, Inc. B C B
BNS Bank of Nova Scotia B C B
DE Deere & Company B C B
EXPD Expeditors International of Washington, Inc. B B B
F Ford Motor Company B C B
FRC First Republic Bank B C B
GWW W.W. Grainger, Inc. B C B
IHG InterContinental Hotels Group B C B
JPM JPMorgan Chase & Co. B C B
KKR KKR & Co. Inc. Class A B C B
L Loews Corporation B C B
LOW Lowe’s Companies, Inc. B B B
LYG Lloyds Banking Group plc Sponsored ADR B C B
MCK McKesson Corporation B C B
MGA Magna International Inc. B C B
PH Parker-Hannifin Corporation B C B
PKG Packaging Corporation of America B C B
PNC PNC Financial Services Group, Inc. B C B
PPG PPG Industries, Inc. A C B
RBS Royal Bank of Scotland Group B B B
SAP SAP SE Sponsored ADR B B B
SWK Stanley Black & Decker, Inc. B C B
TJX TJX Companies Inc B C B
VFC V.F. Corporation A C B
VOD Vodafone Group Plc Sponsored ADR B C B
XYL Xylem Inc. B C B

Upgraded: From Sell to Hold
Symbol Company Name Quantitative
Grade
Fundamental
Grade
Total
Grade
BBVA Banco Bilbao D B C
BCS Barclays PLC Sponsored ADR C C C
BK Bank of New York Mellon Corporation C C C
BMY Bristol-Myers Squibb Company C B C
CAT Caterpillar Inc. C C C
CS Credit Suisse Group AG Sponsored ADR D B C
CSX CSX Corporation C C C
CTXS Citrix Systems, Inc. C C C
CVS CVS Health Corporation D B C
DPZ Domino’s Pizza, Inc. C C C
FCAU Fiat Chrysler Automobiles N.V. C C C
GLW Corning Inc C D C
HMC Honda Motor Co., Ltd. Sponsored ADR C D C
HSBC HSBC Holdings PLC Sponsored ADR C C C
HUM Humana Inc. D B C
ING ING Groep NV Sponsored ADR C C C
IP International Paper Company C C C
KEY KeyCorp C C C
LYB LyondellBasell Industries NV C D C
MS Morgan Stanley D C C
NCLH Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd. C C C
NTRS Northern Trust Corporation C C C
PUK Prudential plc Sponsored ADR C C C
RCL Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. C C C
SAN Banco Santander S.A. Sponsored ADR D C C
UNH UnitedHealth Group Incorporated D C C
VLO Valero Energy Corporation C D C

Downgraded: From Buy to Hold
Symbol Company Name Quantitative
Grade
Fundamental
Grade
Total
Grade
ABEV Ambev SA Sponsored ADR C B C
ADBE Adobe Inc. C B C
AES AES Corporation B D C
AXP American Express Company C C C
BBT BB&T Corporation C C C
BKNG Booking Holdings Inc. C C C
CERN Cerner Corporation C C C
CL Colgate-Palmolive Company C D C
CLX Clorox Company C C C
DAL Delta Air Lines, Inc. C C C
DGX Quest Diagnostics Incorporated C C C
DIS Walt Disney Company B D C
DRI Darden Restaurants, Inc. C C C
EXC Exelon Corporation C C C
HON Honeywell International Inc. B C C
HRL Hormel Foods Corporation C C C
ITUB Itau Unibanco Holding C B C
OKE ONEOK, Inc. C C C
OMC Omnicom Group Inc C C C
PBR Petroleo Brasileiro SA Sponsored ADR C C C
PBR.A Petroleo Brasileiro SA Sponsored ADR Pfd C C C
PGR Progressive Corporation C C C
PPL PPL Corporation B C C
SIRI Sirius XM Holdings, Inc. C C C
SJM J.M. Smucker Company B C C
SNY Sanofi Sponsored ADR C C C
TSCO Tractor Supply Company C C C
UPS United Parcel Service, Inc. Class B C C C
USB U.S. Bancorp C C C
WAT Waters Corporation B C C

Downgraded: From Hold to Sell
Symbol Company Name Quantitative
Grade
Fundamental
Grade
Total
Grade
AMZN Amazon.com, Inc. D C D
BA Boeing Company C F D
BEN Franklin Resources, Inc. D D D
BRK.A Berkshire Hathaway Inc. Class A D C D
CAG Conagra Brands, Inc. D C D
CHKP Check Point Software Technologies Ltd. D C D
GD General Dynamics Corporation D C D
GS Goldman Sachs Group, Inc. D C D
IX ORIX Corporation Sponsored ADR D D D
K Kellogg Company D C D
LBTYA Liberty Global Plc Class A C D D
LBTYK Liberty Global Plc Class C D D D
LNG Cheniere Energy, Inc. D D D
MTB M&T Bank Corporation D C D
WES Western Midstream Partners LP D C D
WFC Wells Fargo & Company D D D
WMB Williams Companies, Inc. D B D

To stay on top of my latest stock ratings, plug your holdings into Portfolio Grader, my proprietary stock screening tool. You may get started here.

Sincerely, Louis Navellier

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