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Chicago, IL – December 23, 2019 - Stocks in this week’s article are American Airlines AAL, WESCO International WCC, American Axle & Manufacturing Holdings AXL, California Resources Corp. CRC and Boise Cascade Company BCC.

5 Stocks to Watch for Post-Analyst Upgrades

Faltering in life due to improper guidance is not unusual. The same is true for the investing world. With a plethora of stocks flooding the market at any point of time, it is difficult for an investor to make the right choice while designing one’s portfolio, unless guided by the “experts” in this field.

These “experts” are brokers equipped with detailed knowledge about the space.  Brokers, irrespective of their types (sell-side, buy-side or independent), have access to a lot more information on a company and its prospects than individual investors. Consequently, brokers’ opinions act as valuable guide for investors while deciding their course of action (buy, sell or hold) on a particular stock.

Earnings Estimate Revisions – A Useful Pointer

Since brokers indulge in thorough research, the question of their actions being arbitrary does not arise. The direction of the estimate revisions acts as an important pointer regarding the price of a stock. In fact, a rating upgrade normally leads to stock-price appreciation and vice versa.

One of the well-accepted investment strategies is to maintain a diversified portfolio, in order to generate handsome returns irrespective of the market conditions. For instance, in the face of extremely low oil prices, analysts adopt a bullish stance on airline stocks and consequently raise estimates.  Naturally, adding such stocks to one’s portfolio in such a scenario might prove to be a winning strategy.

To take care of the earnings performance, we have designed a screen based on improving analyst recommendation and upward estimate revisions over the past four weeks.

What About Revenues?

While we have talked about the bottom line in detail, the top line (revenue portion) cannot be ignored. Notably, according to many market watchers a revenue beat is more creditable for a company than a mere earnings outperformance. To address top-line concerns, we have included the price/sales ratio in our screen that serves as a strong complementary valuation metric.

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