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These 50 Global Stocks Are On The Move

Helping to find a way through the turmoil


Between the political turmoil occurring in Egypt, surging bond yields in Portugal and a “cash crunch” in China, the financial markets are becoming increasingly choppy up across the pond. Meanwhile, interest rates remain at rock bottom in many of the world’s largest economies, putting downward pressure on international currencies. On Monday the Indian rupee reached a record low and the Canadian dollar retreated to a two-year low. On Friday, the Norwegian krone hit its weakest level since September 2010.

All the while, the U.S. continues to be somewhat of oasis in the choppy waters: Just today the U.S. dollar hit a three-year high against a basket of major currencies. Despite the U.S. Fed’s own efforts to keep interest rates low, the dollar has risen in the wake of the better-than-expected June payroll report.

This divergence has also appeared in the stock market. In the past month, the average American large-cap stock ($10 billion or larger) has advanced 2.69%. Meanwhile, the average international large-cap stock has retreated 2.58%. And since the beginning of 2013, U.S. large-caps have outpaced their international counterparts by nearly 2-to-1 (31.5% vs. 17.5%).

What does this all mean? Well, while I do believe a flight to quality is on the horizon, if you’re looking to invest abroad, you want to stick with nothing less than the best. There are tremendous profit opportunities outside U.S. borders, but with higher rewards come higher risk. My Ultimate Growth readers can tell you that you have to be very selective with your global holdings, and you have to be nimble in buying and selling these stocks.

So let’s take a moment to review the 50 global 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.


Last Week’s Holds, Now Buys

Symbol Company Name Quantitative Grade Fundamental Grade
ACN Accenture B B
CB Chubb B B
DAL Delta Air Lines B C
DEO Diageo PLC B B
DHR Danaher B C
HUM Humana C B
IR Ingersoll-Rand B C
LLY Eli Lilly B B
MCK McKesson B C
MRO Marathon Oil B C
NOK Nokia B D
PAYX Paychex B C
PHG Royal Philips NV B D
PXD Pioneer Natural Resources B C
SBUX Starbucks B B
SNE Sony B C
SNI Scripps Networks B B
SYY Sysco B C
TGT Target B C
TXN Texas Instruments B B
UN Unilever N.V. (NY Reg Sh) B B
UNH UnitedHealth Group B C
UTX United Technologies B B

Last Week’s Sells, Now Holds

Symbol Company Name Quantitative Grade Fundamental Grade
CHKP Check Point Software T C B
CTSH Cognizant Technology Solutions D B
DUK Duke Energy D C
GE General Electric D C
GLW Corning D C
INTU Intuit D B
RBS Royal Bank of Scotland C C
SNP China Petroleum & Chemical D B
SWK Stanley Black & Decker C C
SWN Southwestern Energy D C
TS Tenaris S.A. ADS C C
XRX Xerox Corp. D B
YUM Yum! Brands Inc. C C


Last Week’s Buys, Now Holds

Symbol Company Name Quantitative Grade Fundamental Grade
BCS Barclays PLC B C
EPD Enterprise Products Partners C B
LTD L Brands C C
RCI Rogers Communications C B

Last Week’s Holds, Now Sells

Symbol Company Name Quantitative Grade Fundamental Grade
AEP American Electric Power D C
CHA China Telecom D C
CHU China Unicom (Hong Kong) D B
FMS Fresenius Medical Care AG & Co. D C
KMI Kinder Morgan D C
PHI Philippine Long Distance Telephone D C
TRP TransCanada D C

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