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For Immediate Release

Chicago, IL – April 20, 2021 – Stocks in this week’s article are Antero Resources Corporation AR, Marathon Petroleum Corporation MPC, Valero Energy Corporation VLO, ConocoPhillips COP and Bloomin' Brands, Inc. BLMN

5 Stocks Prospering on Recent Broker Upgrades

It is a no-brainer that the primary aim of investors at the time of designing their portfolio of stocks is to rake in handsome returns. Investors, after all, are putting in their hard-earned money into the stock market and would not like to see the same going down the drain under any circumstances, particularly in the current uncertainty-fraught scenario.

However, the task of building a winning portfolio of stocks is no cakewalk. In fact, with a deluge of stocks flooding the market at any point of time, the exercise seems cumbersome. It is akin to ‘searching for a needle in a haystack’, particularly in the absence of proper guidance from experts in the field of investing.

Who are the Experts & Why?

The “experts” are brokers who are equipped with detailed knowledge about the space. Brokers, irrespective of their types (sell-side, buy-side or independent), have at their disposal a lot more information on a company and its prospects than individual investors. To attain their objective, they go through minute details of the publicly available financial documents apart from attending company conference calls and other presentations. 

As brokers closely follow the stocks in their coverage in detail and revise earnings estimates only after carefully examining the pros and cons of an event for the concerned company, the question of their action being arbitrary does not arise. In fact, a rating upgrade or downgrade by brokers has the potential to influence the price of the stock.

Naturally, when investors see brokers revising their estimates or recommending a stock, they often assume that there is something valuable in the stock that attracted analyst attention. In fact, a rating upgrade generally leads to stock price appreciation. Similarly, the price of a stock may plummet following a rating downgrade.

Don’t Ignore the Top line

According to many market watchers, a revenue beat is more creditable for a company than a mere earnings outperformance, especially in an environment of revenue weakness due to macroeconomic headwinds. To take care of the top line, we considered the price/sales ratio for screening stocks.

For the rest of this Screen of the Week article please visit Zacks.com at: https://www.zacks.com/stock/news/1419952/5-stocks-prospering-on-recent-upgrade-by-brokers

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