Trade Alert: 4 New Trades

Welcome back from the Fourth of July holiday! I hope you enjoyed the time visiting with family and friends as much as we at Banyan Hill did.

Today, the Stock Trader Alert portfolio is back with four new trades.

Leaving us today are AptarGroup Inc. (NYSE: ATR), which netted us a gain of a little over 1.6%, and Costco Wholesale Corporation (Nasdaq: COST), in which we are cutting our losses after the stock failed to bounce back from recent troubles in the retailing sector.

Joining the portfolio today are grocery products firm Hormel Foods Corporation (NYSE: HRL) and household and personal care products firm Church & Dwight Company Inc. (NYSE: CHD) — both of which we have held in the portfolio before with positive results.

A quick recap of the Stock Trader Alert portfolio indicates that we have now closed out 31 winners out of 44 positions. That’s a win rate of more than 70%, with a return of roughly 82%. Once again, I have to say I’m quite proud of how well you are all performing here.

And the SPDR S&P 500 ETF (NYSE Arca: SPY) hedge position, which remains open, is sitting on a gain of about 13.5%. (For more information on returns, see our backtesting data and the full portfolio history.)

The current portfolio is below, so let’s keep winning!

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
Hormel Foods Corporation HRL Buy
Church & Dwight Company Inc. CHD Buy
AptarGroup Inc. ATR Sell
Costco Wholesale Corporation COST Sell
* Positions updated as of July 5, 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
Cracker Barrel Old Country Store Inc. CBRL
Church & Dwight Company Inc. CHD
Clorox Co. CLX
CVS Health Corporation CVS
Genuine Parts Company GPC
Hormel Foods Corporation HRL
Jack Henry & Associates JKHY
McDonald’s Corporation MCD
Wal-Mart Stores WMT
* Positions updated as of July 5, 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