Trade Alert: Quartet of New Trades

The Stock Trader Alert system is back with a fresh quartet of trades.

After banking a gain of more than 1% since joining the portfolio last week, we are leaving McCormick & Company (NYSE: MKC) behind. Joining McCormick in the dustbin is 3M Company (NYSE: MMM), which has gained about 9.5% since it was added to the portfolio at the beginning of March.

Replacing this duo are AptarGroup Inc. (NYSE: ATR), a consumer goods packaging company that’s currently trading near all-time highs, and Cracker Barrel Old Country Store Inc. (Nasdaq: CBRL), a stock that’s surged recently and is on the verge of a breakout.

Once again, some congratulations are in order, as the Stock Trader Alert portfolio is sitting on an average return of about 45%! And since the markets surged to all-time highs again last week, we are continuing to hold our position in the SPDR S&P 500 ETF (NYSE Arca: SPY). (For more information on returns, see our backtesting data and the full portfolio history.)

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
AptarGroup Inc. ATR Buy
Cracker Barrel Old Country Store Inc. CBRL Buy
3M Company MMM Sell
McCormick & Company MKC Sell
* Positions updated as of June 5, 2017

We continue to hold 50% of our portfolio in the SPDR S&P 500 ETF, and 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 Co. 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 5, 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