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Q: After you drop a stock from your buy lists, you sometimes rate it as B (average) or A (above average) on your Monitored List. If you’re recommending we sell a stock, why don’t you drop the rating to C (below average)?

A: Dear Subscriber,

The purpose of our Monitored List is to offer a snapshot opinion on prominent stocks. Our buy lists serve a very different purpose, identifying our absolute favorite stocks. For example, our Focus List represents our favorite 10 to 15 stocks among all the large-cap and midcap stocks in the entire U.S. stock market.

If we drop a stock from our Focus List and Buy List, that doesn’t mean we expect it to underperform in the year ahead. It means we no longer think the stock ranks among our very favorite names for year-ahead returns.

Thanks for your interest,

Bob Sweet, CFA
Managing Editor, Dow Theory Forecasts

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