You’re Outperforming the Market

After churning out roughly seven trades in the past three weeks, the Stock Trader Alert system is taking a breather this week.

Wall Street has been quite volatile of late, with North Korean rhetoric and the French elections making waves. However, the Stock Trader Alert system has not faltered in making the best of the situation.

Currently, the portfolio is outperforming the broader market, as our 10 stock positions are up a cumulative 21.2%, with an average return of about 2% per position. So if you’ve been following each of our recommendations, well done. You’re beating the market.

What’s more, our exchange-traded fund (ETF) position in the SPDR S&P 500 ETF (NYSE Arca: SPY) is still up about 6.5% despite recent market turmoil. (For more information on returns, see our backtesting data and the full portfolio history.)

On that note, however, it is important to remember that the ETF position is there as a hedge to augment our returns during a bull market. The Stock Trader Alert system has yet to trigger a new ETF position, so we’ll continue to hold the SPY until a short position is more prudent.

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
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 May 1, 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 beta-test stages, 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