Analyst Upgrades

Objective

The goal of the Analyst Upgrades strategy is to achieve long-term capital appreciation.

Investor Profile

Suitable for investors who are willing to accept high near-term volatility to potentially obtain higher long-term returns.

Fund Strategy

The portfolio seeks to provide above-average income by investing in 30 stocks from the S&P 500 with the greatest improvement in Zacks Industry Rank over the past month. Zacks Investment Research uses a quantitative model to assign each company a rating from 1 to 5 (best to worst). If a company has multiple rating improvements, it may signify potential opportunities.

Stock Selection Process

Investments are selected if they meet the following four criteria:

  • Examine buy ratings by equity analysts for all stocks in the S&P 500 (as reported by Zacks Investment Research)
  • Financial Select 30 stocks with the largest rating improvement from the prior month
  • Equal weight throughout all securities
  • Rebalance monthly