It must be near earnings again for PKD and a few others. Seems like these guys are on a roll pumping PKD and others right before earning. Guys...You do not even try to hide it anymore. Just do a historical analysis on last few quarters on Parker. It usually starts at a C or D or 3 star rating always getting better or articles come out to pump them. There is no accountability anymore. Anyone think they know a good Stock Analyst?...Yah right!!!
Well, Motley Fool is like as you say, but really, Schwab is pretty agnostic on their stock ratings. I've found them to be pretty fair.
To me, the key to the two of them is:
1. Ignore Motley. They're pumpers who tout stocks to get you to subscribe to their site so they can get you on their e-mail list and then just pound you with advertising and marketing. That's how they make their money.
2. Use Schwab rating judiciously. They tend to underestimate true growth companies and overrate older, value plays. They have rated Xerox an "A" or "B" for years but the stock is basically stuck around $7-10. FOR YEARS. They havn't rated AAPL above a "C" for years and had it as a "D" for most of the last 3-4 years. They underrate stocks like CMG, PCLN, ISRG, etc. I actually found PKD through Schwab. "A" rated and undervalued on a number of metrics, P/B, P/S, Market Cap/Enterprise Value and EBITA/Enterprise Value...also technically oversold.
Hold PKD until a new 52 wk high, then start easing out as it moves higher. PKD is underfollowed and underowned right now.