by Portfolio Grader | July 30, 2012 2:00 pm
The Household Products, Tobacco, Diversified Utilities, Water Utilities, and Electric Utilities sectors are rising to the top this week on the Portfolio Grader database.
The Household Products sector is thriving on Portfolio Grader this week, with 90% of its stocks (9 out of 10) currently rating a “buy.” Church & Dwight (NYSE:CHD), Harbinger Group (NYSE:HRG), and Kimberly-Clark (NYSE:KMB) are lifting the sector overall, each earning a high grade of A. Over the last 12 months, Harbinger Group is the best performer in this sector, with a 79.5% increase. This is better than S&P 500′s increase of 7.3% for the same period.
The Tobacco sector’s track record is proving one of the best with 88% of its stocks (7 out of 8) rating a “buy.” Among Tobacco stocks, Altria (NYSE:MO), Reynolds American (NYSE:RAI), and Universal Corp. (NYSE:UVV) are leading the way with A’s. The best performer in this sector is Altria, which saw its price rise 36.5% in the last 12 months.
Diversified Utilities is thriving this week with 87% of stocks in the sector (20 out of 23) currently rating a “buy.” Out of the Diversified Utilities stocks, CH Energy (NYSE:CHG), DTE Energy (NYSE:DTE), and Sempra Energy (NYSE:SRE) are out front with A’s. Sempra Energy is performing the best overall in the sector, with a 39.8% increase from 12 months ago.
Water Utilities stands out with 80% of the sector’s stocks (4 out of 5) rating a “buy.” With a score of A, American States Water (NYSE:AWR), American Water Works (NYSE:AWK) are buoying the sector. Aqua America (NYSE:WTR) also has a solid B. American Water Works is the best performer in this sector, with a 30.8% increase in the last 12 months.
Electric Utilities is excelling, with 76% of stocks in the sector (29 out of 38) rating a “buy.” NextEra Energy (NYSE:NEE), NV Energy (NYSE:NVE), and Hawaiian Electric Industries (NYSE:HE) are all currently earning A’s. NextEra Energy is the top stock in its sector, with a 28.7% increase from 12 months ago.
Louis Navellier’s proprietary Portfolio Grader stock ranking system assesses roughly 5,000 companies every week based on a number of fundamental and quantitative measures. Stocks are given a letter grade based on their results — with A being “strong buy,” and F being “strong sell.” Explore the tool here.
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