55 Trades to Make Before Earnings Season Ends

by Louis Navellier | February 25, 2014 12:00 pm

55 Trades to Make Before Earnings Season Ends

The S&P 500 is once again trading at record highs and it’s clear what’s behind it: Earnings season.

About 80% of the companies in the S&P 500 reporting their latest quarterly results, and this earnings season has so far been the best in nearly three years. Monday’s big earnings winners include GT Advanced Technologies (GTAT[1]) and Caesars Entertainment (CZR[2]), which are both B-rated buys in Portfolio Grader.

Of course, not all companies performed well —there were also a string of disappointing earnings reports. Notable names include Dillard’s (DDS[3]), MagnaChip Semiconductor (MX[4]) and Armstrong World Industries (AWI[5]). Then again, perhaps this shouldn’t come as a huge surprise—even before these earnings announcements each of these stocks was D-rated in Portfolio Grader.

Today is just further proof of the importance of constantly checking your portfolio for weak areas and profit opportunities. 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 this weekend.

Over the weekend I noticed 55 big-name stocks were on the move and have revised their ratings to reflect the latest data. Let’s take a look:

55 Recommendations Straight Out of Portfolio Grader[6]

Upgrades

Last Week’s Holds, Now Buys

Symbol Company Name Quantitative Grade Fundamental Grade
AKAM[7] Akamai Technologies B B
BAC[8] Bank of America B B
GPS[9] Gap B B
HP[10] Helmerich & Payne B B
INTU[11] Intuit B C
LBTYK[12] Liberty Global Plc Class C B C
MDT[13] Medtronic B B
PCYC[14] Pharmacyclics B C
STX[15] Seagate Technology PLC B C

Last Week’s Sells, Now Holds

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Symbol Company Name Quantitative Grade Fundamental Grade
CF[16] CF Industries Holdings C C
CMI[17] Cummins D C
CPB[18] Campbell Soup D C
CX[19] Cemex SAB de CV Sponsored ADR C D
CXO[20] Concho Resources C C
EMN[21] Eastman Chemical D B
GM[22] General Motors C D
KRFT[23] Kraft Foods Group D B
LLY[24] Eli Lilly D C
LMCA[25] Liberty Media Corp. Class A C C
MJN[26] Mead Johnson Nutrition D C
Monsanto D C
TXT[27] Textron D C

Downgrades

Last Week’s Buys, Now Holds

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Symbol Company Name Quantitative Grade Fundamental Grade
AFL[28] Aflac C C
ATVI[29] Activision Blizzard C C
BB&T Corporation C C
CMCSA[30] Comcast Corporation Class A C B
ICE[31] IntercontinentalExchange Group B D
KEY[32] KeyCorp C C
MMC[33] Marsh & McLennan C C
3M C B
MWE[34] MarkWest Energy Partners B D
Norfolk Southern C B
OMC[35] Omnicom Group C C
PBA[36] Pembina Pipeline C C
PCP[37] Precision Castparts C B
RF[38] Regions Financial C C
SIAL[39] Sigma-Aldrich C C
XRX[40] Xerox C C

Last Week’s Holds, Now Sells

Symbol Company Name Quantitative Grade Fundamental Grade
AMZN[41] Amazon.com D C
CCI[42] Crown Castle International D B
CL[43] Colgate-Palmolive D C
CLX[44] Clorox D C
DTE[45] DTE Energy D C
ETR[46] Entergy D C
GIS[47] General Mills D C
IP[48] International Paper D C
JPM[49] JPMorgan Chase D C
PAA[50] Plains All American Pipeline, L.P. D C
PEP[51] PepsiCo, D C
PSA[52] Public Storage D B
ROP[53] Roper Industries D B
RY[54] Royal Bank of Canada D C
SWK[55] Stanley Black & Decker D C
TS[56] Tenaris S.A. Sponsored ADR F D
WM[57] Waste Management D D
Endnotes:
  1. GTAT: http://studio-5.financialcontent.com/investplace/quote?Symbol=GTAT
  2. CZR: http://studio-5.financialcontent.com/investplace/quote?Symbol=CZR
  3. DDS: http://studio-5.financialcontent.com/investplace/quote?Symbol=DDS
  4. MX: http://studio-5.financialcontent.com/investplace/quote?Symbol=MX
  5. AWI: http://studio-5.financialcontent.com/investplace/quote?Symbol=AWI
  6. Portfolio Grader: http://navelliergrowth.investorplace.com/portfolio-grader/
  7. AKAM: http://studio-5.financialcontent.com/investplace/quote?Symbol=AKAM
  8. BAC: http://studio-5.financialcontent.com/investplace/quote?Symbol=BAC
  9. GPS: http://studio-5.financialcontent.com/investplace/quote?Symbol=GPS
  10. HP: http://studio-5.financialcontent.com/investplace/quote?Symbol=HP
  11. INTU: http://studio-5.financialcontent.com/investplace/quote?Symbol=INTU
  12. LBTYK: http://studio-5.financialcontent.com/investplace/quote?Symbol=LBTYK
  13. MDT: http://studio-5.financialcontent.com/investplace/quote?Symbol=MDT
  14. PCYC: http://studio-5.financialcontent.com/investplace/quote?Symbol=PCYC
  15. STX: http://studio-5.financialcontent.com/investplace/quote?Symbol=STX
  16. CF: http://studio-5.financialcontent.com/investplace/quote?Symbol=CF
  17. CMI: http://studio-5.financialcontent.com/investplace/quote?Symbol=CMI
  18. CPB: http://studio-5.financialcontent.com/investplace/quote?Symbol=CPB
  19. CX: http://studio-5.financialcontent.com/investplace/quote?Symbol=CX
  20. CXO: http://studio-5.financialcontent.com/investplace/quote?Symbol=CXO
  21. EMN: http://studio-5.financialcontent.com/investplace/quote?Symbol=EMN
  22. GM: http://studio-5.financialcontent.com/investplace/quote?Symbol=GM
  23. KRFT: http://studio-5.financialcontent.com/investplace/quote?Symbol=KRFT
  24. LLY: http://studio-5.financialcontent.com/investplace/quote?Symbol=LLY
  25. LMCA: http://studio-5.financialcontent.com/investplace/quote?Symbol=LMCA
  26. MJN: http://studio-5.financialcontent.com/investplace/quote?Symbol=MJN
  27. TXT: http://studio-5.financialcontent.com/investplace/quote?Symbol=TXT
  28. AFL: http://studio-5.financialcontent.com/investplace/quote?Symbol=AFL
  29. ATVI: http://studio-5.financialcontent.com/investplace/quote?Symbol=ATVI
  30. CMCSA: http://studio-5.financialcontent.com/investplace/quote?Symbol=CMCSA
  31. ICE: http://studio-5.financialcontent.com/investplace/quote?Symbol=ICE
  32. KEY: http://studio-5.financialcontent.com/investplace/quote?Symbol=KEY
  33. MMC: http://studio-5.financialcontent.com/investplace/quote?Symbol=MMC
  34. MWE: http://studio-5.financialcontent.com/investplace/quote?Symbol=MWE
  35. OMC: http://studio-5.financialcontent.com/investplace/quote?Symbol=OMC
  36. PBA: http://studio-5.financialcontent.com/investplace/quote?Symbol=PBA
  37. PCP: http://studio-5.financialcontent.com/investplace/quote?Symbol=PCP
  38. RF: http://studio-5.financialcontent.com/investplace/quote?Symbol=RF
  39. SIAL: http://studio-5.financialcontent.com/investplace/quote?Symbol=SIAL
  40. XRX: http://studio-5.financialcontent.com/investplace/quote?Symbol=XRX
  41. AMZN: http://studio-5.financialcontent.com/investplace/quote?Symbol=AMZN
  42. CCI: http://studio-5.financialcontent.com/investplace/quote?Symbol=CCI
  43. CL: http://studio-5.financialcontent.com/investplace/quote?Symbol=CL
  44. CLX: http://studio-5.financialcontent.com/investplace/quote?Symbol=CLX
  45. DTE: http://studio-5.financialcontent.com/investplace/quote?Symbol=DTE
  46. ETR: http://studio-5.financialcontent.com/investplace/quote?Symbol=ETR
  47. GIS: http://studio-5.financialcontent.com/investplace/quote?Symbol=GIS
  48. IP: http://studio-5.financialcontent.com/investplace/quote?Symbol=IP
  49. JPM: http://studio-5.financialcontent.com/investplace/quote?Symbol=JPM
  50. PAA: http://studio-5.financialcontent.com/investplace/quote?Symbol=PAA
  51. PEP: http://studio-5.financialcontent.com/investplace/quote?Symbol=PEP
  52. PSA: http://studio-5.financialcontent.com/investplace/quote?Symbol=PSA
  53. ROP: http://studio-5.financialcontent.com/investplace/quote?Symbol=ROP
  54. RY: http://studio-5.financialcontent.com/investplace/quote?Symbol=RY
  55. SWK: http://studio-5.financialcontent.com/investplace/quote?Symbol=SWK
  56. TS: http://studio-5.financialcontent.com/investplace/quote?Symbol=TS
  57. WM: http://studio-5.financialcontent.com/investplace/quote?Symbol=WM

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