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Find Strong Stocks During the Coronavirus Crisis with this Filtered Zacks Rank 5 Screener

Benjamin Rains

The Dow, the S&P 500, and the Nasdaq all jumped on Tuesday on signs that the economic stimulus deal might be signed. Plus, Wall Street seems pleased with the Fed’s announcement Monday that it would purchase practically unlimited amounts of government debt to help provide liquidity and extend loans to big and small businesses.

Despite the positivity, all three major U.S. indexes are down roughly 30% from their February highs, and they got there at breakneck speeds. That said, some investors might want to begin to take smaller positions in solid stocks even as coronavirus uncertainty still hangs over the market and the economy.

So today we are going to utilize our Filtered Zacks Rank 5 Screener to help investors find what could be solid investments when stocks start to recover.

Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy) stocks outperform the market in both good and bad times. However, there are over 200 stocks that earn a Zacks Rank #1 at any given time. Therefore, it is extremely helpful to understand how to apply filters to the Zacks Rank in order to narrow the list down to a more manageable and tradable set of stocks.

Today, we are going to show investors how to add two relatively simple filters to our Zacks Rank #1 criteria in order to narrow down the number of stocks and try to increase performance as well…

Parameters

Clearly, there are only three items on this screen. But together, these three filters can result in some impressive returns.

• Zacks Rank equal to 1

Starting with a Zacks Rank #1 is often a strong jumping off point because it boasts an average annual return of roughly 24.5% per year since 1988.

• % Change (Q1) Est. over 4 Weeks greater than 0

Positive current quarter estimate revisions over the last four weeks.

The Zacks Rank looks at earnings estimate revisions for the current year (F1) and the next year (F2). The additional component factors in current quarter (Q1) estimate revisions. The idea is pretty simple.

A company that has experienced downward revisions for the current quarter could soon see longer-term negative revisions. Meanwhile, if a company has earned positive earnings revisions for its current quarter, it might signal that more upward revisions could be coming down the road, which would make it an attractive buy.

• % Broker Rating Change over 4 Week equal to Top # 5

Top 5 stocks with the best average broker rating changes over the last four weeks.

In this screen, we are searching for positive broker rating changes or upgrades over the last four weeks. On top of that, we want to cut down on the number of stocks that come through. So, we configured the screen to select the top 5 stocks with the best broker rating upgrade.

Investors should note that broker ratings typically lean toward the upside. Therefore, our screen makes sure that the brokers are getting more bullish, or at the least not getting less bullish (or even bearish) on the stock.

It is worth noting that the actual broker ratings do not matter as much as the upgrade itself, because stocks with broker rating upgrades have been proven to outperform their counterparts that do not earn positive broker rating changes or downgrades.

This strategy comes loaded with the Research Wizard and is called bt_sow_filtered zacks rank5. It can be found in the SoW (Screen of the Week) folder.

Here are 3 of the 5 stocks that qualified for the Filtered Zacks Rank 5 strategy today…

Enviva Partners, LP (EVA)

Integer Holdings Corporation (ITGR)

Donegal Group, Inc. (DGICA)

See the rest of the stocks on this list and start trading the Filtered Zacks Rank 5 (or any of our other strategies) in your own account. Remember, the key to successful screening is finding screens that have produced profitable results in the past. And that's exactly what you get with the Research Wizard stock picking and backtesting program.

Get the rest of the stocks on this list and start looking for the newest companies that fit these criteria. It's easy to do. And it could help you find your next big winner. Start screening for these companies today with a free trial to the Research Wizard. You can do it.

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