BALTIMORE ( Stockpickr) -- As earnings season draws to a close, investors are getting antsy. Last week's 2.1% drop in the S&P 500 may be pretty perfunctory by normal standards, but it's a colossal drop in the context of the low volatility that's characterized the stock market in 2013.
It's worth noting that the biggest gains in this rally haven't come during earnings. Instead, the rally legs in the broad market have come after earnings season ended each quarter -- that's when investors could stop panicking about the possibility of a big earnings miss and speculate about a firm's upside. So with earnings season all but over for this quarter, it makes sense to start buying again.
To figure out which names are worth adding, we're turning to a fresh set of Rocket Stocks this week.For the uninitiated, "Rocket Stocks" are our list of companies with short-term gain catalysts and longer-term growth potential. To find them, I run a weekly quantitative screen that seeks out stocks with a combination of analyst upgrades and positive earnings surprises to identify rising analyst expectations, a bullish signal for stocks in any market. After all, where analysts' expectations are increasing, institutional cash often follows. In the last 212 weeks, our weekly list of five plays has outperformed the S&P 500 by 87%. >>5 Dividend Stocks That Want to Pay You More Without further ado, here's a look at this week's Rocket Stocks.