As Bank of America goes ex-dividend on March 1 with a payout of 12 cents per share, investors pushed this stock up by 4 places on the watchlist as the bank pushed aside General Motors Co., Medtronic, Vodafone Group and American Electric Power to claim 80th position on the list.
Historically, it has been observed that oil and gas companies usually perform well during the last phase of the business cycle. Upstream oil companies benefit the most during this phase as oil prices start climbing. ConocoPhillips, after spinning off its midstream and downstream businesses, has now turned into a pure upstream oil company. COP moved up a spot last week to 26th position. As some investors believe this could be the last phase of the bull cycle, COP could again see its 2014 highs of $86.
A newcomer to this list, Portland General Electric has quickly jumped 5 places in 3 weeks to claim the 95th spot. Ranked very high in the DARS rating system, this stock is currently nearly 20% off its 52-week high, which presents a great opportunity for investors to initiate a position.
The aerospace & defense theme played out yet another week as the trio of Raytheon, Boeing and United Technologies each moved up a spot.
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