5 Best Sectors to Watch This Week

by Portfolio Grader | July 16, 2012 9:53 am

5 Best Sectors to Watch This Week

The Tobacco, Leisure Goods, Diversified Utilities, Water Utilities, and Household Products sectors are showing strength this week, according to Portfolio Grader[1].

Tobacco is thriving this week with 100% of stocks in the sector (8 out of 8) currently rating a “buy.” With overall grades of A, Philip Morris (NYSE:PM[2]), Altria (NYSE:MO[3]), and Universal Corp. (NYSE:UVV[4]) are buoying the sector. Altria is performing the best overall in the sector, with a 19.7% increase from 12 months ago. This far outpaces the S&P 500, which has seen a 3% uptick over the same period.

With 86% of the sector’s stocks (6 out of 7) rating a “buy,” the Leisure Goods sector is one of the strongest. Out of the Leisure Goods stocks, Smith & Wesson (NASDAQ:SWHC[5]), Sturm Ruger (NYSE:RGR[6]), and LeapFrog (NYSE:LF[7]) are out front with A’s. LeapFrog is the best performer in this sector, with an 81.8% increase in the last 12 months.

Diversified Utilities stands out with 83% of the sector’s stocks (19 out of 23) rating a “buy.” National Grid (NYSE:NGG[8]) and CH Energy (NYSE:CHG[9]) are lifting the sector overall, each earning a high grade of A. Sempra Energy (NYSE:SRE[10]) currently ranks B. Over the last 12 months, Sempra Energy is the best performer in this sector, with a 31.4% increase.

Water Utilities is excelling, with 80% of stocks in the sector (4 out of 5) rating a “buy.” With a score of A, Aqua America (NYSE:WTR[11]), American Water Works (NYSE:AWK[12]) are buoying the sector. American States Water (NYSE:AWR[13]) also has a solid B. Showing the most overall growth in its sector in the last 12 months, Aqua America is the top stock, with a 23.2% increase.

The Household Products sector’s track record is proving one of the best with 70% of its stocks (7 out of 10) rating a “buy.” Kimberly-Clark (NYSE:KMB[14]), Church & Dwight (NYSE:CHD[15]), and Colgate-Palmolive (NYSE:CL[16]) are paving the way for the sector with A grades. Church & Dwight bests the other stocks in its sector, with a 28.2% increase from a year 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. PM: http://navelliergrowth.investorplace.com/portfolio-grader/stock-report.html?t=PM
  3. MO: http://navelliergrowth.investorplace.com/portfolio-grader/stock-report.html?t=MO
  4. UVV: http://navelliergrowth.investorplace.com/portfolio-grader/stock-report.html?t=UVV
  5. SWHC: http://navelliergrowth.investorplace.com/portfolio-grader/stock-report.html?t=SWHC
  6. RGR: http://navelliergrowth.investorplace.com/portfolio-grader/stock-report.html?t=RGR
  7. LF: http://navelliergrowth.investorplace.com/portfolio-grader/stock-report.html?t=LF
  8. NGG: http://navelliergrowth.investorplace.com/portfolio-grader/stock-report.html?t=NGG
  9. CHG: http://navelliergrowth.investorplace.com/portfolio-grader/stock-report.html?t=CHG
  10. SRE: http://navelliergrowth.investorplace.com/portfolio-grader/stock-report.html?t=SRE
  11. WTR: http://navelliergrowth.investorplace.com/portfolio-grader/stock-report.html?t=WTR
  12. AWK: http://navelliergrowth.investorplace.com/portfolio-grader/stock-report.html?t=AWK
  13. AWR: http://navelliergrowth.investorplace.com/portfolio-grader/stock-report.html?t=AWR
  14. KMB: http://navelliergrowth.investorplace.com/portfolio-grader/stock-report.html?t=KMB
  15. CHD: http://navelliergrowth.investorplace.com/portfolio-grader/stock-report.html?t=CHD
  16. CL: http://navelliergrowth.investorplace.com/portfolio-grader/stock-report.html?t=CL
  17. here: http://navelliergrowth.investorplace.com/portfolio-grader/

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