5 Best Sectors to Watch This Week

by Portfolio Grader | July 23, 2012 1:00 pm

For the week, Tobacco, Diversified Utilities, Leisure Goods, Water Utilities, and Electric Utilities are the top sectors on the Portfolio Grader[1] database.

Tobacco is thriving this week with 88% of stocks in the sector (7 out of 8) currently rating a “buy.” With overall grades of A, Altria (NYSE:MO[2]), Universal Corp. (NYSE:UVV[3]), and Philip Morris International (NYSE:PM[4]) are buoying the sector. The best performer in this sector is Altria, which saw its price rise 36.2% in the last 12 months. This outpaces the S&P 500, which has increased just 1.3% from one year ago.

With 87% of the sector’s stocks (20 out of 23) rating a “buy,” the Diversified Utilities sector is one of the strongest. Among Diversified Utilities stocks, CH Energy (NYSE:CHG[5]) and Sempra Energy (NYSE:SRE[6]) are leading the way with grades of A. Wisconsin Energy (NYSE:WEC[7]) also has a top grade of B. Sempra Energy is the best performer in this sector, with a 35.8% increase in the last 12 months.

The Leisure Goods sector is near the top of the Portfolio Grader database this week, with 86% of its stocks (6 out of 7) currently rating a “buy.” Out of the Leisure Goods stocks, Smith & Wesson (NASDAQ:SWHC[8]), Sturm Ruger (NYSE:RGR[9]), and LeapFrog (NYSE:LF[10]) are out front with A’s. LeapFrog is the top stock in its sector, with a 156% increase from 12 months ago.

Water Utilities stands out with 80% of the sector’s stocks (4 out of 5) rating a “buy.” With grades 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. Showing the most overall growth in its sector in the last 12 months, Aqua America is the top stock, with a 19.8% increase.

The Electric Utilities sector’s track record is proving one of the best with 74% of its stocks (28 out of 38) rating a “buy.” Among Electric Utilities stocks, NextEra Energy (NYSE:NEE[14]), FirstEnergy (NYSE:FE[15]), and Hawaiian Electric Industries (NYSE:HE[16]) top the list with A’s. Over the last 12 months, NextEra Energy is the best performer in this sector, with a 22.5% increase.

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. MO: http://navelliergrowth.investorplace.com/portfolio-grader/stock-report.html?t=MO
  3. UVV: http://navelliergrowth.investorplace.com/portfolio-grader/stock-report.html?t=UVV
  4. PM: http://navelliergrowth.investorplace.com/portfolio-grader/stock-report.html?t=PM
  5. CHG: http://navelliergrowth.investorplace.com/portfolio-grader/stock-report.html?t=CHG
  6. SRE: http://navelliergrowth.investorplace.com/portfolio-grader/stock-report.html?t=SRE
  7. WEC: http://navelliergrowth.investorplace.com/portfolio-grader/stock-report.html?t=WEC
  8. SWHC: http://navelliergrowth.investorplace.com/portfolio-grader/stock-report.html?t=SWHC
  9. RGR: http://navelliergrowth.investorplace.com/portfolio-grader/stock-report.html?t=RGR
  10. LF: http://navelliergrowth.investorplace.com/portfolio-grader/stock-report.html?t=LF
  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. FE: http://navelliergrowth.investorplace.com/portfolio-grader/stock-report.html?t=FE
  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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