Monday, May 14, 2018: My Current Criteria for Stock Selection is Rigid

This Morning…

The DOW is up some 136 points. NASDAQ is up 36. S&P 500 is up 6. NYSE is up 45.

Overall, the stock market this morning is in its 8th day of rallying. Not strong but a modest rally.

Current DOW leaders are: Boeing (BA), Goldman Sachs (GS), Walmart (WMT)

Current DOW laggards are: Verizon (VZ), Coca-Cola (KO), Johnson & Johnson (JNJ)

Portfolio leaders are: Shopify (SHOP), Shell (RDS.B), Boeing (BA)

Portfolio laggards are: Intuitive Surgical (ISRG), Raytheon (RTN)

The Gauntlet for Stock Selection

My criteria for stock selection has become pretty stringent, and each stock has to pass three online tests on the following stock websites: – Must be Bullish or Very Bullish. – Must be Moderate Buy or Strong Buy.

Portfolio Grader – Must have a grade of A or B.

In fact, check my current portfolio and each stock is graded either A or B.

Other than the above, I’m also looking at building up my collection of dividend stocks that pay at least 3 percent, meaning that I want to at least match or slightly beat annual inflation rates.

I’m also looking at big dividend paying stocks but they still must be rated an A or B.

This Morning’s Featured Stock

Today’s featured stock is a part of the portfolio.

Current Status: Grade A. Strong Buy. Bullish.

Dividend: 0.64% Annual Yield. $0.84 Annual Dividend

Visa, Inc. (V)
finviz dynamic chart for  V

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Carlos Rull

Carlos Rull is a musician living in the San Diego area. His interests include Yoga, Eastern Philosophy, Zen Buddhism, and Gardening. He plays drums, piano, and composes New Age & Ambient music, and his albums are available on iTunes and

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