Rocket Stocks: HP, Deere, Starbucks

BALTIMORE ( Stockpickr) -- The MLK Jr. market holiday provided traders and investors with a reprieve from the day-to-day grind of watching the market -- a welcome opportunity to gain some perspective following the unbridled rally that's sent the S&P 500 up nearly 10% in the last quarter. A slowdown in trading is particularly important given that it's currently earnings season, the time of year when an overwhelming chunk of publicly traded company announce their quarterly performance numbers to Wall Street.

As usual, we're turning to our weekly Rocket Stocks list to eke out maximum performance out of the market.

For the uninitiated, Rocket Stocks are our weekly list of companies with short-term gain catalysts and longer-term growth potential. In the last 87 weeks, our Rocket Stocks have beaten the S&P 500 by 77.68%.

Related: 7 Stocks With Recent Analyst Upgrades

This week, we'll continue our trend of looking at stocks with rising analyst expectations. On Wall Street, expectations can mean everything -- and stocks with rising expectations often benefit from increased buying pressures from institutions and retail investors alike. To find them, I run a quantitative screen that seeks out stocks with a combination of analyst upgrades and positive earnings surprises.

Here's a look at this week's potential plays.

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