BALTIMORE ( Stockpickr) -- Earnings season is wrapping up this week -- so far, 463 of the S&P's 500 components have reported their numbers to Wall Street this quarter. And the results have been overwhelmingly positive so far.
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To date, a full 80% of stocks in the big index have posted bigger profits than analysts were expecting. That's a big contributor to the S&P's 5.4% rally since earnings season kicked off on October 8. From a momentum standpoint, stocks are well-positioned to keep up their upside action as we head into the final stretch of 2014 -- but some stocks are better suited to outperform than others.
To find the best bets, we're turning to a new set of Rocket Stocks to buy as earnings season ends…
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 274 weeks, our weekly list of five plays has outperformed the S&P 500's record run by 80.47%.
Without further ado, here's a look at this week's Rocket Stocks.
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