Staying the Course

Today, the Stock Trader Alert portfolio is on hold, as the system consolidates gains and looks for better opportunities in this volatile market.

Recent volatility related to Amazon’s acquisition of Whole Foods Market may have cause a bit of a stir, but you are still outperforming the market. Six of your 10 Stock Trader Alert portfolio holdings are sitting comfortably in positive territory, with an average return of 3.08% per holding.

Remember, this volatility is exactly why you need a rules-based portfolio trading system — to remove emotions and kneejerk decisions from the process.

And while the overall return slipped a bit, the Stock Trader Alert portfolio is still sitting on a gain of 30.44%!

What’s more, our exchange-traded fund (ETF) position in the SPDR S&P 500 ETF (NYSE Arca: SPY) is up 8.4% year to date as the broader market extends its rally into all-time high territory. (For more information on returns, see our backtesting data and the full portfolio history.)

Remember, you’re aiming for higher returns and lower portfolio management costs, and Stock Trader Alert continues to provide just that.

The Stock Trader Alert Portfolio

We continue to hold 50% of our portfolio in the SPDR S&P 500 ETF.

The remaining 50% of your portfolio should be divided evenly among the following 10 stocks:

Stock Trader Alert Portfolio

Position Ticker
AptarGroup Inc. ATR
Automatic Data Processing ADP
Clorox Company CLX
Costco Wholesale Corporation COST
Cracker Barrel Old Country Store Inc. CBRL
CVS Health Corporation CVS
Genuine Parts Company GPC
Jack Henry & Associates JKHY
McDonald’s Corporation MCD
Wal-Mart Stores WMT
* Positions updated as of June 19, 2017

Last, but certainly not least, if you have any questions about the ETF position, or any other part of the Stock Trader Alert system, please drop me a line at

I appreciate every bit of feedback you send my way.

As you know, we’re still in the beta test stage, so we’re constantly looking at ways to improve this service in any way we can before releasing it in full.

Your comments are an integral part of that evolution. So a big thank-you to those who continue to write in with your thoughts.

Kind regards,

Ted Bauman
Editor, Stock Trader Alert