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News & Announcements - 2018 (January - March)

3-29-18:  Earnings Busters Alerts for Monday, April 2, 2018
    BUY:  US Foods Holding Corp. (USFD)
    SELL:  Ameriprise Financial, Inc. (AMP)
Details are in the Earnings Busters newsletter.

3-27-18:  Weekly Stock Ratings Changes Available
This week's Stock Ratings Changes spreadsheet is available for downloading.

3-20-18:  March 2018 Baker's Dozen Portfolio Launched
The March 2018 Baker's Dozen UIT Portfolio (FTCZBX))was launched by First Trust Portfolios on March 20, 2018. This portfolio, like all Baker's Dozen portfolios, comprises 13 top-ranked stocks from a cross-section of market caps and industries based on our GARP approach, i.e., growth at a reasonable price. Sabrient believes each of these stocks is positioned to perform well for the next 13 months. The portfolio will terminate on April 22, 2019. For more information and a fact sheet please visit For a prospectus or fact sheet, please visit First Trust Portfolios.

3-15-18:  Earnings Busters Alerts for Friday, March 16, 2018
    BUY (RENEW):  XPO Logistics Inc. (XPO)
Details are in the Earnings Busters newsletter.

3-14-18:  Sector Detector: A bull's paradise is a market looking for reasons to buy
by Scott Martindale
President, Sabrient Systems

The secular bull market that began on March 9, 2009 in the wake of the Financial Crisis just passed its ninth anniversary last Friday, and as if to celebrate, stocks rallied big on the strong reports of jobs growth, total employment, and labor participation, while wage inflation remained modest. All in all, it was a lot of great news, but instead of selling off -- as stocks have done in the past in a "good news means bad news" reaction, assuming the Fed would feel emboldened to raise rates more aggressively -- stocks rallied strongly. This is a market of investors looking for reasons to buy rather than to sell, i.e., the bulls are still in charge. Strong global fundamentals are firmly in place for the foreseeable future, while corporate earnings expectations continue to rise, inflation fears appear to have diminished, and the overall climate remains favorable for equities. After the February selloff was complete, extreme valuations had been reduced, and support levels had been tested, investors were ready to embrace good news -- albeit with some renewed caution in the wake of the recent surge in volatility. As we all learned, volatility is not dead. VIX is an oscillator that always eventually mean-reverts. This will surely result in some deleveraging, as well as perhaps some P/E compression from the run-up in valuations we saw in anticipation of the fiscal stimulus package. Read more at Scott Martindale's blog

3-13-18:  Weekly Stock Ratings Changes Available
This week's Stock Ratings Changes spreadsheet is available for downloading.

3-1-18:  Earnings Busters Alerts for Friday, March 2, 2018
    BUY:  T-Mobile US, Inc. (TMUS)
    SELL:  The Allstate Corporation (ALL)

2-27-18:  Weekly Stock Ratings Changes Available
This week's Stock Ratings Changes spreadsheet is available for downloading.

2-23-18: New Rising Rate Portfolio Launched 
The 7th Sabrient Rising Rate Portfolio (FEHARX) was launched by First Trust Portfolios on February 21, 2018. Historically, certain stocks have outperformed the market in periods during which longer-term Treasury bonds have rising yields, and Sabrient believes 10-year and longer Treasury yields are likely to rise over the next several years. The Sabrient Rising Rate Portfolio is a unit investment trust that seeks to find companies that Sabrient believes are positioned to perform well in environments of rising Treasury yields. The stocks in the portfolio are selected by applying a comprehensive investment strategy developed by Sabrient. The portfolio will terminate on February 21, 2020. For a fact sheet or prospectus, please visit FirstTrustPortfolios.com

2-20-18:  February 2018 Baker's Dozen Portfolio Launched
The February 2018 Baker's Dozen UIT Portfolio (FYDZBX))was launched by First Trust Portfolios on February 20, 2018. This portfolio, like all Baker's Dozen portfolios, comprises 13 top-ranked stocks from a cross-section of market caps and industries based on our GARP approach, i.e., growth at a reasonable price. Sabrient believes each of these stocks is positioned to perform well for the next 13 months. The portfolio will terminate on March 20, 2019. For more information and a fact sheet please visit For a prospectus or fact sheet, please visit First Trust Portfolios.

2-15-18:  Earnings Busters Alerts for Friday, February 16, 2018
    BUY:  The Progressive Corporation (PGR)
    SELL:  HD Supply Holdings, Inc. (HDS)
Details are in the Earnings Busters newsletter.

2-14-18:  Sector Detector: Volatility suddenly returns to spook a raging bull
by Scott Martindale
President, Sabrient Systems

Many market commentators have been in a prolonged tizzy, warning of an inevitable selloff to come. And indeed we finally got one, with a huge spike in volatility. A climate of low inflation and structurally low interest rates has meant less discounting of future corporate earnings, which has allowed for higher enterprise values and stock prices. But when inflation fears suddenly popped up, investors feared an imminent repricing of equities at lower multiples. As I wrote at the start of the year, I expected some renewed volatility and compression in valuation multiples to occur during 2018, but I sure didn't expect it to happen quite so soon. However, I also said that a correction would be healthy, and that it won't necessarily be as deep of a selloff as so many investors have feared -- and I stand by that prediction...So, what is going on here? Read more at Scott Martindale's blog

2-13-18:  Weekly Stock Ratings Changes Available
This week's Stock Ratings Changes spreadsheet is available for downloading.

2-3-18: 22nd Sabrient Dividend Portfolio Launched
The 22nd Sabrient Dividend UIT portfolio (Ticker: FRNUTX) was launched by First Trust Portfolios on February 2, 2018. The portfolio will terminate on February 3, 2020. This UIT seeks companies with above-average total return through a combination of capital appreciation and dividend income. The stocks are selected through an investment strategy process developed by Sabrient. For more information, a prospectus, or a fact sheet, please visit First Trust Portfolios.

2-1-18:  Earnings Busters Alerts for Friday, February 2, 2018
    RENEW (BUY):  Lam Research Corporation (LRCX)
Details are in the Earnings Busters newsletter.

1-30-18:  Weekly Stock Ratings Changes Available
This week's Stock Ratings Changes spreadsheet is available for downloading.

1-19-18:  January 2018 Baker's Dozen Portfolio Launched
The January 2018 Baker's Dozen UIT Portfolio (FCVZLK)was launched by First Trust Portfolios on January 19, 2018. This portfolio, like all Baker's Dozen portfolios, comprises 13 top-ranked stocks from a cross-section of market caps and industries based on our GARP approach, i.e., growth at a reasonable price. Sabrient believes each of these stocks is positioned to perform well for the next 13 months. The portfolio will terminate on February 20, 2019. For more information and a fact sheet please visit For a prospectus or fact sheet, please visit First Trust Portfolios.

1-18-18:  Earnings Busters Alerts for Friday, January 19, 2018
    RENEW (BUY):  PulteGroup, Inc. (PHM)
Details are in the Earnings Busters newsletter.

1-17-18:  Weekly Stock Ratings Changes Available
This week's Stock Ratings Changes spreadsheet is available for downloading.

1-11-18:  17th Small Cap Growth Portfolio Launched
The 17th Sabrient Small Cap Growth UIT (FMLLYX) was launched by First Trust Portfolios on January 10, 2018. The portfolio invests in top-ranked (at the time of their selection) small-cap stocks that represent a cross-section of industries that Sabrient believes are positioned to perform well in the coming year. The stocks are GARP stocks --stocks that represent "growth at a reasonable price" -- and they are meant to be held for the full term of the trust, which terminates February 10, 2019. For a prospectus or fact sheet, please visit First Trust Portfolios.

1-9-18:  Weekly Stock Ratings Changes Available
This week's Stock Ratings Changes spreadsheet is available for downloading.

1-4-18:  Earnings Busters Alerts for Friday, January 5, 2018
    BUY:  Commercial Metals Company (CMC)
    SELL:  Archer-Daniels-Midland Company (ADM)
Details are in the Earnings Busters newsletter.

1-3-18:  Weekly Stock Ratings Changes Available
This week's Stock Ratings Changes spreadsheet is available for downloading.

1-2-18:  Sector Detector: A surprisingly strong 2017 makes way for a promising 2018
by Scott Martindale
President, Sabrient Systems

The S&P 500 finished 2017 by completing an unusual feat. Not only was the index up +22% (total return), but every single month of the year saw positive performance on a total return basis, and in fact, the index is on a 14-month winning streak (Note: the previous record of 15 straight was set back in 1959!). So, as you might expect, volatility was historically low all year, with the VIX displaying an average daily closing value of 11 (versus a "fear threshold" of 15 and a "panic threshold" of 20). But some of 2017's strength was due to expansion in valuation multiples in anticipation of tax reform and lower effective tax rates boosting existing earnings, not to mention incentives for repatriating overseas cash balances, expansion, and capex. Read more at Scott Martindale's blog

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