How to find the best stocks at a bear market

<p>In the volatile market that we are currently hitting in the middle of, it is difficult to know which stocks to buy, let alone keep track of them all.

While the basic characteristics of some stocks remain intact and the shares are simply down in the broader market, others have struck for a reason. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: While good stocks bounce like tennis balls, bad stocks fall like rocks. And the last thing you want is a rock that burns a hole in your pocket when the stock market rally resumes.

That said, sometimes a good stock can go bad and vice versa. This is why I created my blog post Weekly Upgrades & Downgrades based on my Portfolio Grader ratings. Every week, I scan nearly 5,000 stocks and compile a list of blue chips, with a market capitalization of at least $ 10 billion, to show you which of them have been upgraded to buy and hold, or downgraded to hold and sell. . Take, for example, Monday’s post:

Upgraded: From hold to buy symbol Company name Quantitative class Basic rating Total
Grade ANTM Anthem, Inc. BBB BRK.B Berkshire Hathaway Inc. Class BBCB CRH CRH Plc Sponsored ADR BCB DB Deutsche Bank AG BCB DFS Discover Financial Services BCB DISCB Discovery, Inc. Class BBCB EIX Edison International BCB ESS Essex Property Trust, Inc. BCB FITB Fifth Third Bancorp BBB GE General Electric Company BCB ILMN Illumina, Inc. BCB INFY Infosys Limited Sponsored ADR CBB ISRG Intuitive Surgical, Inc. BCB KEY KeyCorp BCB LOW Lowes Company, Inc. BCB MET MetLife, Inc. BCBO Realty Income Corporation BBB PCAR PACCAR Inc BCB PPL PPL Corporation BCB PUK Prudential plc Sponsored ADR BCB SQ Square, Inc. Class ABBB SRE Sempra Energy ADB SYY Sysco Corporation BCB TSN Tyson Foods, Inc. Class ABCB VOD Vodafone Group Plc Sponsored ADR BCB WPC WP Carey Inc. BCB

Upgraded: From sell to holding symbol Company name Quantitative class Basic rating total
Class AFL Aflac Incorporated CCC ANET Arista Networks, Inc. DBC AVAL Group Aval Acciones y Valores SA CCC BBL BHP Group Plc Sponsored ADR DCC CHKP Check Point Software Technologies Ltd. DCC DELL Dell Technologies Inc Class CCDC DEO Diageo plc Sponsored ADR CCC EC Ecopetrol SA Sponsored ADR DCC HPE Hewlett Packard Enterprise Co. DBC IAC IAC / InterActiveCorp. BCB LYG Lloyds Banking Group DCC LYV Live Nation Entertainment, Inc. BCC MFG Mizuho Financial Group, Inc. DBC MUFG Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group, Inc. CCC QSR Restaurant Brands International Inc CCC RBS Royal Bank of Scotland Group DCC SYF Synchrony Financial CCC TAK Takeda Pharmaceutical Co. Ltd. Sponsored ADR CCC TOT Total SA Sponsored ADR Class BCCC WHITE Wipro Limited Sponsored ADR DBC YUM Yum! Brands, Inc. CCC Downgraded: From Buy to Holdings Symbol Company Name Quantitative Class Basic Rating Total
Class BAC Bank of America Corp CCC BDX Becton, Dickinson and Company CDC BR Broadridge Financial Solutions, Inc. BDC BTI British American Tobacco CCC CHD Church & Dwight Co., Inc. CCC COO Cooper Companies, Inc. BCC DIS Walt Disney Company BCC FMS Fresenius Medical Care AG & Co. CCC FRC First Republic Bank CCC LVS Las Vegas Sands Corp DCC MKC McCormick & Company, Incorporated CCC MRK Merck & Co., Inc. CBC ROL Rollins, Inc. CCC RYAAY Ryanair Holdings Plc Sponsored ADR CCC SJM JM Smucker Company CCC STT State Street Corporation CBC UDR UDR, Inc. BCC UL Unilever PLC Sponsored ADR CCC UPS United Parcel Service, Inc. Class BBDC VIV Telefonica Brasil SA Sponsored ADR Pfd CCC VMC Vulcan Materials Company BCC VZ Verizon Communications Inc. CBC WCN Waste Connections, Inc. CCC WM Waste Management, Inc. BCC

Downgraded: From hold to sales symbol Company name quantitatively
Rating basic
Total rating
Class CCEP Coca-Cola European Partners Plc DCD DOW Dow, Inc. DCD EMR Emerson Electric Co. DCD ENIC Enel Chile SA Sponsored ADR DCD FCAU Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV DCD GIB CGI Inc. Class ADCD IP International Paper Company DDD MAR Marriott International, Inc. Class ADCD PPG PPG Industries, Inc. DCD TCOM Trip.com Group Ltd. Sponsored ADR FCD TD Toronto-Dominion Bank DCD VFC VF Corporation DCD WBA Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc DCD

As you can see above, 84 shares were upgraded or downgraded over the weekend. This includes companies such as Lowe’s Companies, Inc. (NYSE: LOW), which was upgraded to a B-rated “Buy” and Bank of America (NYSE: BAC), which was downgraded to a C-rated “Hold”. Chances are that you have at least one of these 84 shares in your portfolio, either directly or in fund shares.

But I understand if you do not have time to check your stocks week to week, why I also have my Portfolio Grader 500. This is a quarterly guide to the best and worst stocks for the current quarter. This is my master list of 250 A- and B-power plants, plus 250- D- and F-rated bearings to sell immediately. Each class listed is a projection for the entire quarter.

Portfolio Grader 500 has predominantly large shares that are either at the top of the pile (the shares to be bought) or at the bottom of the pile (the shares to be sold), according to my stock picking system. This list is generated entirely using the information covered by my Portfolio Degrees (namely the quantitative grade and the eight parts that make up the basic grade.)

Let me give you an example …

On January 2, I released my Portfolio Grader 500 for the first quarter. Alcoa Corporation (NYSE: AA) had an F rating, which made it a strong sale. In comparison, Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMD) was A-rated, making it a strong buy. Take a look at the chart below to see how they performed during the first quarter.

As you can see, AA lost 70%. This is almost four times the damage suffered by the S&P 500, which is 18.5% down to end the quarter. On the other hand, AMD got 4%, which is quite impressive in the current bear market. It was obvious that my predictions were on something!

If you do not want to sort 500 shares every quarter – I have covered you with my Platinum Growth Club Model Portfolio. I only recommend the crème de la crème of stocks, all of which receive high ratings in Portfolio Grades. So you can be sure that you are investing in the best of the best.

If you try us now, you’ll get my Portfolio Grader 500. And that’s perfect timing, because I’ll be publishing my last 250 best stocks to buy and the 250 best stocks to sell tomorrow. So you have plenty of time to adjust your portfolio for the second quarter, which will surely be a wild one.

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Louis Navellier had an unconventional start, as a student who accidentally built a market-beating stock system – with returns equal to Warren Buffett. In his latest achievement, Louis discovered the “Master Key” to take advantage of the greatest technological revolution of this (or any) generation. Louis Navellier may include some of the above securities in one or more of its newsletters.

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