The Best of the Best Report

At TopGunsTrading.com, we focus our attention on the "Top Guns" of the market for a few simple reasons. The Top Guns have the best earnings strength. The Top Guns have strong fundamentals. The Top Guns are also in the top ranked industry groups. So from our perspective, the Top Guns put the odds in your favor before you ever enter a trade. So why would anyone trade anything else?

Each week the computers scour our proprietary universe of the biggest, most liquid stocks traded in the United States for the Top Guns (the stocks with the top ratings in the top industry groups). But for this report, we are looking only for "the best of the best" -- those stocks Top Guns rated 10.0 out of a possible 10.0.

Listed below are a few of the "Best of the Best Stocks" our team feels are worthy of attention for this week.


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Company Symbol Stock Rating Sector Industry Current Rating Trading Stop
Health Net Inc HNT 10.0 Health Care Managed Health Care Accumulate $46.89


 
Centene Corporation CNC 10.0 Health Care Managed Health Care Hold $89.89


 
Molina Healthcare MOH 10.0 Health Care Managed Health Care Buy $46.89


 
Humana Inc HUM 10.0 Health Care Managed Health Care Buy $129.29


 
WellPoint Inc WLP 10.0 Health Care Managed Health Care Buy $121.89


 

Stock Rating:
The Top Stock Rating indicates the combined score of our proprietary Earning Strength and Company Performance models. The rating scale is 0 - 10 with 10 being the highest.

Current Rating:
The Current Rating is designed to let readers know what we would do now if we did NOT currently hold the position.

  • Strong Buy: Our favorite position - We would be willing to buy a full position at current levels.
  • Buy: We would be willing to buy at current levels.
  • Accumulate: We would be willing to take a "starter position" (25% - 33% of the full position) at current levels. However, we would not want to buy a full position at the current time but would look to add to our "starter position" on weakness.
  • Hold: We prefer to hold our position at the current levels - but we would not be buyers at this time.
  • Sell: We are not happy with this position and are looking for an exit point.

Disclosure:
At the time of publication the editor and affiliated companies own the following positions: None

Note: Positions may be bought or sold while this publication is in circulation without notice.

Do Ratings Really Matter?

We certainly think so, but sometimes it is best to let the numbers do the talking. Below is a table showing the average annualized returns for each rating category, as determined by historical testing done by one of the country's largest independent institutional research firms.

Top Guns Ratings


Top Guns Rating

Average Annual
Return
9.0 - 10.0 +32.9%
8.0 - 8.9 +23.2%
7.0 - 7.9 +11.9%
6.0 - 6.9 +10.5%
5.0 - 5.9 +6.6%
4.0 - 4.9 +4.1%
3.0 - 3.9 +2.7%
2.0 - 2.9 -0.4%
1.0 - 1.9 -5.3%
0.0 - 0.9 -6.6%

All the best in your investing endeavors and... "May the Bulls be with you!"


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