36 Ways To Profit From the Earnings/Seasonality Combo

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36 Ways To Profit From the Earnings/Seasonality Combo

Now is a great time to buy fundamentally superior stocks, particularly small- and mid-cap stocks.

For one, this month kicks off the seasonally-strongest time of year for smaller stocks. This seasonal strength is typically caused by year-end pension funding as well as the fact that folks tend to be happier during the holidays. In other words, as we gather to celebrate Thanksgiving, Christmas, Hanukah and the like, consumer sentiment tends to improve and that seasonally has rubbed off on investor sentiment.

Interestingly, these positive feelings typically continue in the New Year, when the stock market benefits from persistent inflows that are caused by additional pension funding in the new fiscal year.

And secondly, investors are using earnings as an excuse to take profits in some stocks that have had strong runs so far this year. Earnings season is separating the winners from the losers, ending profit runs and starting new ones. Now is a great time to start your own profit runs, so this week I’m doing things a little differently with my Monday afternoon blog post.

This time, I’ve screened out 66 mid-cap companies that are on the move in Portfolio Grader.  Now that we have a new batch of Fundamental and Quantitative Grades for the week, I recommend that you note these upgrades and downgrades and see whether any applies to your current holdings.

Upgrades

Last Week’s Holds, Now Buys

Symbol

Company Name

Quantitative Grade

Fundamental Grade

COLM Columbia Sportswear B C
CRI Carter’s B C
DV DeVry Education Group B D
FOSL Fossil B B
GES Guess?, B C
TAP Molson Coors Brewing B C
THI Tim Hortons B C
WLK Westlake Chemical B B
XYL Xylem Inc. B B
ZION Zions Bancorporation C B

Last Week’s Sells, Now Holds

Symbol

Company Name

Quantitative Grade

Fundamental Grade

AMD Advanced Micro Devices D C
CBT Cabot C C
TPX Tempur Sealy International C B
WSM Williams-Sonoma D B

Downgrades

Last Week’s Buys, Now Holds

Symbol

Company Name

Quantitative Grade

Fundamental Grade

AJG Arthur J. Gallagher C C
ASPS Altisource Portfolio Solutions C B
ASR Grupo Aeroportuario del Sureste C C
BIN Progressive Waste Solutions B C
BKW Burger King Worldwide C B
CIEN Ciena D B
CNC Centene C B
CNK Cinemark C C
ENR Energizer Holdings C B
FNF Fidelity National Financial C C
HFC Hollyfrontier C C
HTZ Hertz Global C C
LXK Lexmark International, C B
MANU Manchester United Plc C B
MELI MercadoLibre SA C C
RGC Regal Entertainment C B
RKT Rock-Tenn Company C B
SIG Signet Jewelers C C
SOHU Sohu.com B C
SSYS Stratasys B C
TRW TRW Automotive Holdings C B
WU Western Union C C

Last Week’s Holds, Now Sells

Symbol Company Name Quantitative Grade Fundamental Grade
AB AllianceBernstein Holding D C
AOL AOL D D
ATML Atmel D C
BIG Big Lots D C
CAB Cabela’s D C
CVI CVR Energy D C
EV Eaton Vance D C
HSP Hospira, D C
HTA Healthcare Trust of America D C
HUN Huntsman D D
IGT International Game Technology F C
IHG InterContinental Hotels Group PLC D B
JBL Jabil Circuit D C
MKC McCormick & Company D C
NSR NeuStar D B
NVDA NVIDIA D C
R Ryder System D C
TDG TransDigm Group D C
TGH Textainer Group Holdings D C
WYN Wyndham Worldwide D B

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