5 Best Sectors to Watch This Week

by Portfolio Grader | July 30, 2012 2:00 pm

5 Best Sectors to Watch This Week

The Household Products, Tobacco, Diversified Utilities, Water Utilities, and Electric Utilities sectors are rising to the top this week on the Portfolio Grader[1] 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[2]), Harbinger Group (NYSE:HRG[3]), and Kimberly-Clark (NYSE:KMB[4]) 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[5]), Reynolds American (NYSE:RAI[6]), and Universal Corp. (NYSE:UVV[7]) 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[8]), DTE Energy (NYSE:DTE[9]), and Sempra Energy (NYSE:SRE[10]) 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[11]), American Water Works (NYSE:AWK[12]) are buoying the sector. Aqua America (NYSE:WTR[13]) 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[14]), NV Energy (NYSE:NVE[15]), and Hawaiian Electric Industries (NYSE:HE[16]) 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[1] 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[17].

Endnotes:
  1. Portfolio Grader: http://navelliergrowth.investorplace.com/portfolio-grader/
  2. CHD: http://navelliergrowth.investorplace.com/portfolio-grader/stock-report.html?t=CHD
  3. HRG: http://navelliergrowth.investorplace.com/portfolio-grader/stock-report.html?t=HRG
  4. KMB: http://navelliergrowth.investorplace.com/portfolio-grader/stock-report.html?t=KMB
  5. MO: http://navelliergrowth.investorplace.com/portfolio-grader/stock-report.html?t=MO
  6. RAI: http://navelliergrowth.investorplace.com/portfolio-grader/stock-report.html?t=RAI
  7. UVV: http://navelliergrowth.investorplace.com/portfolio-grader/stock-report.html?t=UVV
  8. CHG: http://navelliergrowth.investorplace.com/portfolio-grader/stock-report.html?t=CHG
  9. DTE: http://navelliergrowth.investorplace.com/portfolio-grader/stock-report.html?t=DTE
  10. SRE: http://navelliergrowth.investorplace.com/portfolio-grader/stock-report.html?t=SRE
  11. AWR: http://navelliergrowth.investorplace.com/portfolio-grader/stock-report.html?t=AWR
  12. AWK: http://navelliergrowth.investorplace.com/portfolio-grader/stock-report.html?t=AWK
  13. WTR: http://navelliergrowth.investorplace.com/portfolio-grader/stock-report.html?t=WTR
  14. NEE: http://navelliergrowth.investorplace.com/portfolio-grader/stock-report.html?t=NEE
  15. NVE: http://navelliergrowth.investorplace.com/portfolio-grader/stock-report.html?t=NVE
  16. HE: http://navelliergrowth.investorplace.com/portfolio-grader/stock-report.html?t=HE
  17. here: http://navelliergrowth.investorplace.com/portfolio-grader/

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