Upgrades This Week: BA, HIT, XRX, YUM


Boeing (BA), Hitachi (HIT), Xerox (XRX) and Yum! Brands (YUM) were among some of the widely held stocks upgraded by Louis Navellier in his latest fundamental stock analysis on April 5, 2010.

Aerospace an defense stock Boeing (BA) has been flying high in 2010 thanks to the completion of its Dreamliner and improvement in future orders. Boeing suppliers have been lifted as well. The stock was upgraded from a a C grade or “sell” in Portfolio Grader to a B grade or “buy” this week.

Japanese industrial giant Hitachi (HMC) announced plans to double its railway business in six years. Along with continued strength from the recovery, HIT shares are improving. The stock was upgraded from a D grade or “sell” last week to a C grade or “hold” this week.

Xerox (XRX) announced its turnaround leader Chairman Anne M. Mulcahy will be stepping down in May. This is a sign the company is past restructuring and moving on to growth. The stock was upgraded from “hold” to “buy.”

Yum! Brands (YUM), the fast-food giant behind Taco Bell, Pizza Hut and KFC, is expanding rapidly overseas in pursuit of new growth. Taco Bell in India has proven to be a big growth area with potential. The stock was upgraded from “hold” to “buy.”

Don’t miss Louis Navellier’s stock downgrades for this week, which include calls on Fedex (FDX), Honda (HMC), Research in Motion (RIMM) and Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS).

About Portfolio Grader: Every Sunday, renowned growth stock adviser Louis Navellier runs a fundamental analysis on the top 5,000 Wall Street companies. Armed with this research, Navellier offers a rating for each company reflected as  a simple letter grade, with A being “strong buy” and F being “strong sell.” Portfolio Grader’s stock data is free and open to the public, and can be accessed online here.

AGN Allergan Inc. Pharmaceuticals $19.9 C D
AEP American Electric Power Co. Electric Utilities $16.5 B C
SAN Banco Santander-Chile Commercial Banks $12.6 A B
BNS Bank of Nova Scotia Financials $51.8 B C
BA Boeing Co. Aerospace & Defense $53.0 B C
CP Canadian Pacific Railway Road & Rail $9.6 C D
CAJ Canon Inc. Office Electronics $58.0 B C
CELG Celgene Corp. Biotechnology $28.5 B C
CHT Chunghwa Telecom Co. Telecommunication Services $19.1 C D
CMCSA Comcast Corp. Media $53.5 C D
BVN Compania de Minas Buenaventura Metals & Mining $8.3 C D
COV Covidien PLC Health Care Equipment $25.2 A B
ECL Ecolab Inc. Chemicals $10.5 C D
ENB Enbridge Inc. Oil Gas & Fuels $18.3 A B
FCX Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold Metals & Mining $37.1 C D
HIT Hitachi Ltd. Electronic Equipment $13.1 C D
ITT ITT Corp. Aerospace & Defense $9.9 C D
KMP Kinder Morgan Energy Partners Oil Gas & Fuels $19.6 A B
KR Kroger Co. Food & Staples Retailing $14.0 C D
KYO Kyocera Corp. Electronic Equipment $18.5 B C
LIHR Lihir Gold Ltd. Metals & Mining $8.4 C D
LTD Limited Brands Inc. Specialty Retail $8.0 A B
LNC Lincoln National Corp. Insurance $9.5 B C
MCK McKesson Corp. Health Care Providers $17.9 A B
MU Micron Technology Inc. Semiconductors $8.6 B C
NEM Newmont Mining Corp. Metals & Mining $26.0 C D
NE Noble Corp. Energy Equipment $11.1 C D
PWE Penn West Energy Trust Oil Gas & Fuels $9.1 B C
PKX POSCO (ADR) Metals & Mining $36.7 C D
PGN Progress Energy Inc. Electric Utilities $11.2 C D
DGX Quest Diagnostics Inc. Health Care Providers $10.8 B C
Q Qwest Communications International Telecommunication Services $9.0 C D
RSG Republic Services Inc. Commercial Services & Supplies $11.1 B C
RCI Rogers Communications Inc. Telecommunication Services $20.1 A B
SI Siemens AG Industrial Conglomerates $89.0 C D
SLT Sterlite Industries (India) Ltd. Metals & Mining $16.1 B C
TU TELUS Corp. Telecommunication Services $11.5 C D
UNH UnitedHealth Group Inc. Health Care Providers $37.8 B C
VALE Vale S.A. Metals & Mining $171.8 B C
XRX Xerox Corp. Office Electronics $8.7 B C
YUM Yum! Brands Inc. Hotels Restaurants & Leisure $18.4 B C
ZMH Zimmer Holdings Inc. Health Care Equipment $12.2 B C

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