Updated from Jan. 20

Each week, I like to find beaten-up stocks that I believe have the potential to surge higher (or lower) in coming days due to a specific event-driven catalyst. I especially like when these stocks with near-term growth potential also qualify as solid long-term plays.

I compile my ideas in the

Rocket Stocks portfolio

. Remember, each pick has a specific catalyst.

With the market down huge, there are plenty of short-term opportunities out there (including


(CSX) - Get Report


Despite the

Dow Jones

falling about 5% over the past week, various

credit indicators

, such as TED spreads and low bid/cover ratios, keep on improving.

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