Argus offers what is truly considered to be independent investment research. This gives the firm the lack of any or most of the traditional conflicts of interest that can be the case as far as Wall St. sell-side upgrades and downgrades are concerned. That is perhaps one of the top reasons why we give them high marks when their team of CFAs and analysts come up with research ideas.
In the Growth & Income model portfolio, Argus said to buy Medtronic Inc. (NYSE: MDT) and Amgen Inc. (NASDAQ: AMGN). It also said to sell its positions in Humana Inc. (NYSE: HUM) and in Analog Devices Inc. (NASDAQ: ADI).
The final model portfolio changes came in the Mid-Cap Growth portfolio. Argus recommended buying a full position in Juniper Networks Inc. (NYSE: JNPR) at $17.82 and selling the full position in Emulex Corp. (NYSE: ELX), as well as selling out the position in Interpublic Group of Companies Inc. (NYSE: IPG).