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Chicago, IL - February 16, 2017 - Stocks in this week's article include Rush Enterprises, Inc. (NASDAQ: RUSHA - Free Report ), Louisiana-Pacific Corporation (NYSE: LPX - Free Report ), Alliance Resource Partners, L.P. (NASDAQ: ARLP - Free Report ), Teradyne, Inc. (NYSE: TER - Free Report ) and OraSure Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ: OSUR - Free Report ).

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5 Stocks with Upgraded Broker Ratings to Bet On

Market sentiments have been fairly positive in the past several days. While it indicates that fresh investments could be profitable, one could end up buying overvalued stocks.

Wondering how to choose the right stocks? One way is to follow rating upgrades by brokers.

As brokers directly communicate with the top management, they have in-depth idea about what's happening in a particular company. Further, they diligently go through the company's publicly available documents and even attend conference calls.

Moreover, brokers have a thorough understanding of the overall sector and industry. They place the company fundamentals against the current economic backdrop to figure out how the stock will fare as an investment.

Hence, when brokers upgrade a stock, you can rely on their judgment. But solely depending on broker upgrades is not a good way to build your investment portfolio. Several other factors should be taken into consideration to ensure steady returns.

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Broker Rating Upgrades (4 weeks): The screen selects stocks that have witnessed broker rating upgrades over the last four weeks.

Current Price greater than 5: The stocks must be trading above $5.

Average 20-day Volume greater than 100,000: A large trading volume guarantees that the stock is easily tradable.

Zacks Rank equal to #1: No matter whether market conditions are good or bad, stocks with a Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy) have a proven record of success. You can see the complete list of today's Zacks #1 Rank stocks here .

VGM Score equal to A: Our research shows that stocks with a VGM Score of A or B when combined with a Zacks Rank #1 or 2 (Buy) offer the best upside potential.

Here are five of the 10 stocks that made it through the screen:

Headquartered in New Braunfels, TX, Rush Enterprises, Inc. (NASDAQ: RUSHA - Free Report ) operates as an integrated retailer of commercial vehicles and related services in the United States. Over the trailing four quarters, the company delivered an average positive surprise of 6.1%. The stock has witnessed 3.9% upward revisions in broker ratings over the past four weeks.

Nashville, TN -based Louisiana-Pacific Corporation (NYSE: LPX - Free Report ) manufactures and sells building products. The company boasts a strong surprise history, with a trailing four-quarter average beat of 66.3%. The stock has witnessed 19.8% upward revision in broker ratings over the past four weeks.

Tulsa, OK-based Alliance Resource Partners, L.P. (NASDAQ: ARLP - Free Report ) produces and markets coal primarily to utilities and industrial users in the U.S. The company boasts a strong surprise history, with a trailing four-quarter average beat of 25.7%. The stock has witnessed 8.3% upward revision in broker rating over the past four weeks.

Teradyne, Inc. (NYSE: TER - Free Report ), headquartered in North Reading, MA, designs, develops, manufactures, and sells automatic test equipment worldwide. Over the trailing four quarters, the company delivered an average positive surprise of 24.9%. The stock has witnessed 5.9% upward revision in broker ratings over the past four weeks.

OraSure Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ: OSUR - Free Report ), based in Bethlehem, PA, develops, manufactures, markets, and sells oral fluid diagnostic products and specimen collection devices globally. Over the trailing four quarters, the company delivered an average positive surprise of 123.5%. The stock has witnessed 14.3% upward revision in broker ratings over the past four weeks.

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