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55 Trades to Make Before Earnings Season Ends

Use my Portfolio Grader guide to inform you for these 55 stocks


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) and Caesars Entertainment (CZR), 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), MagnaChip Semiconductor (MX) and Armstrong World Industries (AWI). 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


Last Week’s Holds, Now Buys

Symbol Company Name Quantitative Grade Fundamental Grade
AKAM Akamai Technologies B B
BAC Bank of America B B
HP Helmerich & Payne B B
INTU Intuit B C
LBTYK Liberty Global Plc Class C B C
MDT Medtronic B B
PCYC Pharmacyclics B C
STX Seagate Technology PLC B C

Last Week’s Sells, Now Holds


Symbol Company Name Quantitative Grade Fundamental Grade
CF CF Industries Holdings C C
CMI Cummins D C
CPB Campbell Soup D C
CX Cemex SAB de CV Sponsored ADR C D
CXO Concho Resources C C
EMN Eastman Chemical D B
GM General Motors C D
KRFT Kraft Foods Group D B
LLY Eli Lilly D C
LMCA Liberty Media Corp. Class A C C
MJN Mead Johnson Nutrition D C
Monsanto D C
TXT Textron D C


Last Week’s Buys, Now Holds


Symbol Company Name Quantitative Grade Fundamental Grade
AFL Aflac C C
ATVI Activision Blizzard C C
BB&T Corporation C C
CMCSA Comcast Corporation Class A C B
ICE IntercontinentalExchange Group B D
KEY KeyCorp C C
MMC Marsh & McLennan C C
3M C B
MWE MarkWest Energy Partners B D
Norfolk Southern C B
OMC Omnicom Group C C
PBA Pembina Pipeline C C
PCP Precision Castparts C B
RF Regions Financial C C
SIAL Sigma-Aldrich C C
XRX Xerox C C

Last Week’s Holds, Now Sells

Symbol Company Name Quantitative Grade Fundamental Grade
CCI Crown Castle International D B
CL Colgate-Palmolive D C
CLX Clorox D C
DTE DTE Energy D C
ETR Entergy D C
GIS General Mills D C
IP International Paper D C
JPM JPMorgan Chase D C
PAA Plains All American Pipeline, L.P. D C
PEP PepsiCo, D C
PSA Public Storage D B
ROP Roper Industries D B
RY Royal Bank of Canada D C
SWK Stanley Black & Decker D C
TS Tenaris S.A. Sponsored ADR F D
WM Waste Management D D

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