BALTIMORE ( Stockpickr) -- This Thanksgiving, have your turkey and mashed potatoes with a side of stock gains. It may sound surprising, but statistically speaking, Thanksgiving week has a distinct bullish bias for the stock market.
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(That's in spite of a closed market on Thursday, and a shortened session on Friday.)
And it doesn't end there -- the stretch from Thanksgiving through the end of the year has only been negative once in the past decade for the S&P 500, an indication that investors generally feel good about stocks heading into the end of the year. Generally speaking, it's the best single month all year long for stocks investors.
But that doesn't mean you should buy blindly here -- with a third of the S&P 500 still down year-to-date, stock selection matters more than ever in 2014. So, to take full advantage of that seasonal stock bias, we're turning to a fresh set of Rocket Stocks worth buying 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 275 weeks, our weekly list of five plays has outperformed the S&P 500's record run by 77.04%.
Without further ado, here's a look at this week's Rocket Stocks.
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