Trade Alert: 2 New Trades

Today, the Stock Trader Alert system triggered another pair of trades for us: Cintas Corporation (Nasdaq: CTAS) is leaving the portfolio and will be replaced by CVS Health Corp. (NYSE Arca: CVS).

Overall, the portfolio continues to outperform the broader market, with our 10 stock positions up nearly 11%.

By contrast, our hedge in the SPDR S&P 500 ETF (NYSE Arca: SPY) is down about 1.33%, and that’s fine.

Remember, this position simply gives us a chance to magnify our returns during a bullish market. Our system hasn’t triggered a new ETF position — we’re always either long or short the S&P 500 with our ETFs. So we’ll continue to hold this position for greater gains until our system tells us a short position is more prudent. (For more information on returns, see our backtesting data and the full portfolio history.)

If you have any questions about this part of the system, please drop me a line at

In light of the recent geopolitical turmoil — especially with the French election potentially dictating the direction of the EU — you can see how having the reassurance of the Stock Trader Alert system provides peace of mind in these tumultuous times. And I expect the portfolio to continue this performance no matter what the French decide.

The Stock Trader Alert Portfolio

If you’ve already established a position in the portfolio, here are your new trades:

Stock Trader Alert Trade Update

Position Ticker Action
CVS Health Corp CVS Buy
Cintas Corporation CTAS Sell
* Positions updated as of April 24, 2017

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
Automatic Data Processing ADP
CVS Health Corp CVS
Genuine Parts Company GPC
Jack Henry & Associates JKHY
McDonald’s Corporation MCD
3M Company MMM
Ross Stores Inc. ROST
TJX Companies Inc. TJX
WEC Energy Group WEC
Wal-Mart Stores WMT
* Positions updated as of April 24, 2017

After you make today’s new trades, please take a moment to send me an email letting me know how the trading process went. Were the directions easy to follow? Do you have any questions about the overall system?

You can contact me at I appreciate every bit of feedback you send my way.

Kind regards,

Ted Bauman
Editor, Stock Trader Alert