BALTIMORE (Stockpickr) -- U.S. stocks are bracing for impact this morning, pointed sharply lower in reaction to Europe's Ukraine crisis-fueled selloff. It's the first whiff of a correction since January, and it's likely to slap some of the weak hands off of stocks to start this week.
After all, following a full month of nearly straight-up price action, U.S. equities are sitting at the top of their price channel from the last year. That means that it's time for sellers to take the reigns again.
But even as selling pressure looks likely, the "Rocket Stocks" are providing investors with an outperformance plan this week. To take advantage, we're turning to five new ones today.
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 238 weeks, our weekly list of five plays has outperformed the S&P 500 by 82%.
Without further ado, here's a look at this week's Rocket Stocks.