5 Best Sectors to Watch This Week

by Portfolio Grader | August 27, 2012 4:15 pm

This week, Leisure Goods, Water Utilities, Household Products, Infrastructure, and Tobacco are the best sectors on the Portfolio Grader[1] database.

With 88% of the sector’s stocks (7 out of 8) rating a “buy,” the Leisure Goods sector is one of the strongest. Out of the Leisure Goods stocks, Smith & Wesson (NASDAQ:SWHC[2]), LeapFrog (NYSE:LF[3]), and Arctic Cat (NASDAQ:ACAT[4]) are out front with A’s. The best performer in this sector is LeapFrog, which saw its price rise 281.9% in the last 12 months. This is better than the S&P 500, which has seen a 25.6% increase over the same period.

The Water Utilities sector’s track record is proving one of the best with 80% of its stocks (4 out of 5) rating a “buy.” American Water Works (NYSE:AWK[5]), Companhia de Saneamento Basico do Estado de Sao Paulo (NYSE:SBS[6]), and American States Water (NYSE:AWR[7]) are paving the way for the sector with A grades. Companhia de Saneamento Basico do Estado de Sao Paulo is the top stock in its sector, with a 75.3% increase from 12 months ago.

Household Products is excelling, with 80% of stocks in the sector (8 out of 10) rating a “buy.” Kimberly-Clark (NYSE:KMB[8]), Church & Dwight (NYSE:CHD[9]), and Spectrum Brands Holdings (NYSE:SPB[10]) are all currently earning A’s. Spectrum Brands Holdings is the best performer in this sector, with a 47% increase in the last 12 months.

With 80% of the sector’s stocks (4 out of 5) rating a “buy,” the Infrastructure sector is one of the strongest. Among Infrastructure stocks, Macquarie Infrastructure (NYSE:MIC[11]), Grupo Aeroportuario del Sureste (NYSE:ASR[12]), and Grupo Aeroportuario del Centro Norte (NASDAQ:OMAB[13]) are leading the way with A’s. Showing the most overall growth in its sector in the last 12 months, Macquarie Infrastructure is the top stock, with a 90.2% increase.

The Tobacco sector’s track record is proving one of the best with 78% of its stocks (7 out of 9) rating a “buy.” Altria (NYSE:MO[14]), Reynolds American (NYSE:RAI[15]), and Star Scientific (NASDAQ:STSI[16]) are lifting the sector overall, each earning a high grade of A. Over the last 12 months, Star Scientific is the best performer in this sector, with a 448.9% 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. SWHC: http://navelliergrowth.investorplace.com/portfolio-grader/stock-report.html?t=SWHC
  3. LF: http://navelliergrowth.investorplace.com/portfolio-grader/stock-report.html?t=LF
  4. ACAT: http://navelliergrowth.investorplace.com/portfolio-grader/stock-report.html?t=ACAT
  5. AWK: http://navelliergrowth.investorplace.com/portfolio-grader/stock-report.html?t=AWK
  6. SBS: http://navelliergrowth.investorplace.com/portfolio-grader/stock-report.html?t=SBS
  7. AWR: http://navelliergrowth.investorplace.com/portfolio-grader/stock-report.html?t=AWR
  8. KMB: http://navelliergrowth.investorplace.com/portfolio-grader/stock-report.html?t=KMB
  9. CHD: http://navelliergrowth.investorplace.com/portfolio-grader/stock-report.html?t=CHD
  10. SPB: http://navelliergrowth.investorplace.com/portfolio-grader/stock-report.html?t=SPB
  11. MIC: http://navelliergrowth.investorplace.com/portfolio-grader/stock-report.html?t=MIC
  12. ASR: http://navelliergrowth.investorplace.com/portfolio-grader/stock-report.html?t=ASR
  13. OMAB: http://navelliergrowth.investorplace.com/portfolio-grader/stock-report.html?t=OMAB
  14. MO: http://navelliergrowth.investorplace.com/portfolio-grader/stock-report.html?t=MO
  15. RAI: http://navelliergrowth.investorplace.com/portfolio-grader/stock-report.html?t=RAI
  16. STSI: http://navelliergrowth.investorplace.com/portfolio-grader/stock-report.html?t=STSI
  17. here: http://navelliergrowth.investorplace.com/portfolio-grader/

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