47 Ways to End Earnings Season On A High Note

by Louis Navellier | August 13, 2013 10:35 am

Earnings season may be wrapping up in the next few weeks, but the last push is going to be an important one. Along with the usual small- and mid-cap rush late in the season, we still have 50 S&P 500 companies on deck to report earnings, especially in retail.

Wal-Mart (WMT[1]) reports on the 15th, Target (TGT[2]) reports on the 21st and Dollar Tree (DLTR[3]) announces quarterly results on the 22nd. During these last crucial weeks we’ll likely see more changes in my Portfolio Grader stock rating system. When a company reports earnings, I import the latest financial results; the new data have a big impact on each stock’s Fundamental Grade. So I strongly recommend that you to continue running your stocks through Portfolio Grader; you can do this quickly and easily by saving your portfolio to the system[4].

In the meantime, thanks to the latest earnings results, we’re seeing plenty of upgrades and downgrades among Wall Street’s most popular stocks. So let’s look at the 47 big blue chips that have been upgraded and downgraded this weekend. 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 each of the stocks listed below.

Upgrades

Last Week’s Holds, Now Buys

Symbol Company Name Quantitative Grade Fundamental Grade
ADP Automatic Data Processing B C
ARMH ARM Holdings B C
BAX Baxter International B C
BUD Anheuser-Busch InBev C B
CB Chubb C B
DEO Diageo B C
KOF Coca-Cola B C
LTD L Brands B C
MDLZ Mondelez International B C
PCLN priceline.com B B
PSX Phillips 66 B C

Last Week’s Sells, Now Holds

Symbol Company Name Quantitative Grade Fundamental Grade
AV Aviva plcĀ  ADR C B
BG Bunge C C
CHU China Unicom (Hong Kong) Limited D B
CIE Cobalt International Energy C C
DB Deutsche Bank Aktiengesellschaft C D
DOW Dow Chemical D B
EBAY eBay D C
LO Lorillard D C
MJN Mead Johnson D C
MNST Monster Beverage C C
MSFT Microsoft D B
UGP Ultrapar Participacoes D C
WFM Whole Foods Market D C
YUM YUM! Brands C C

Downgrades

Last Week’s Buys, Now Holds

Symbol Company Name Quantitative Grade Fundamental Grade
IR Ingersoll-Rand C C
MMC Marsh & McLennan C B
NBL Noble Energy C B
RRC Range Resources C B
SE Spectra Energy B C
VRSK Verisk Analytics C B
WYNN Wynn Resorts C C
XLNX Xilinx C B

Last Week’s Holds, Now Sells

Symbol Company Name Quantitative Grade Fundamental Grade
ADI Analog Devices D C
BIDU Baidu D C
BWA BorgWarner D B
CHK Chesapeake Energy D C
CRM salesforce.com D C
CTSH Cognizant Technology Solutions D B
DTV DIRECTV D C
DUK Duke Energy D C
KSS Kohl’s D B
MRO Marathon Oil D C
PH Parker-Hannifin D C
SWN Southwestern Energy D B
TTM Tata Motors Limited D C
TU TELUS D C
Endnotes:
  1. WMT: http://studio-5.financialcontent.com/investplace/quote?Symbol=WMT
  2. TGT: http://studio-5.financialcontent.com/investplace/quote?Symbol=TGT
  3. DLTR: http://studio-5.financialcontent.com/investplace/quote?Symbol=DLTR
  4. saving your portfolio to the system: http://navelliergrowth.investorplace.com/portfolio-grader/my-portfolios.html

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