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End 2013 on a High Note With These 58 Stock Trades

Start by buying these 13 top stocks

   

We’re just a few days into December, but already this is shaping up to be a historic month for Wall Street: Once again the S&P 500 has closed at an all-time high. But the rising tide doesn’t lift all boats, necessarily. The stock market is becoming increasingly selective, where a minority of stocks will likely continue to account for the vast majority of returns. The select few will be quality stocks that are characterized by strong sales and earnings growth. And as we near the end of 2013, we’re seeing which stocks have what it takes to attract new money in this market.

To get a pulse on the latest buying opportunities (and the stocks you should now avoid), let’s look at these stocks which have been upgraded and downgraded. Over the weekend I noticed 58 big-name stocks were on the move and have revised their ratings to reflect the latest data. I’ll start with the 13 stocks that have been upgraded to buys.

Upgrades

Last Week’s Holds, Now Buys

Symbol Company Name Quantitative Grade Fundamental Grade
ADM Archer-Daniels-Midland Company B C
AVGO Avago Technologies Limited B B
BRK.B Berkshire Hathaway Inc. B C
EQT EQT Corporation B B
GIS General Mills, Inc. B C
GOOG Google Inc. B B
KORS Michael Kors Holdings Ltd B B
LVS Las Vegas Sands Corp. C B
MDLZ Mondelez International, Inc. B B
OKE ONEOK, Inc. B C
ORLY O’Reilly Automotive, Inc. B B
SE Spectra Energy Corp B B
WYNN Wynn Resorts, Limited B B

Last Week’s Sells, Now Holds

Symbol Company Name Quantitative Grade Fundamental Grade
A Agilent Technologies, Inc. C C
AAPL Apple Inc. D B
ADI Analog Devices, Inc. D C
ALXN Alexion Pharmaceuticals, Inc. D B
CPB Campbell Soup Company C C
DG Dollar General Corporation C B
GPS The Gap, Inc. D B
ITW Illinois Tool Works Inc. C C
KMX CarMax, Inc. D B
NTRS Northern Trust Corporation D C
NUE Nucor Corporation D C
PSX Phillips 66 C D
SJR Shaw Communications Inc. C C

Downgrades

Last Week’s Buys, Now Holds

Symbol Company Name Quantitative Grade Fundamental Grade
AMAT Applied Materials, Inc. B C
BAC Bank of America Corporation C B
BX The Blackstone Group L.P. B C
CHKP Check Point Software Technologies Ltd. C B
ESRX Express Scripts Holding Company C C
HCA HCA Holdings, Inc. C C
HIG The Hartford Financial Services Group C C
IX Orix Corporation B C
LYG Lloyds Banking Group plc B C
M Macy’s Inc C B
MSI Motorola Solutions, Inc. C B
NMR Nomura Holdings, Inc. B C
NOK Nokia Oyj B C
PAYX Paychex, Inc. C C
PEP PepsiCo, Inc. C C
PFE Pfizer Inc. C C
STX Seagate Technology PLC B C
VIP VimpelCom Ltd. B D

Last Week’s Holds, Now Sells

Symbol Company Name Quantitative Grade Fundamental Grade
BEAM Beam Inc. D C
C Citigroup Inc. D C
COST Costco Wholesale Corporation D C
EL The Estee Lauder Companies Inc. D C
ERIC LM Ericsson Telefon AB D C
FLR Fluor Corporation D C
KYO Kyocera Corporation D C
MCD McDonald’s Corporation D C
PUK Prudential plc D C
REGN Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, Inc. D B
SNY Sanofi D C
WBK Westpac Banking Corp D B
WFT Weatherford International Ltd. D C
WMT Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. D C

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