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5 Best Sectors to Watch This Week

Leisure Goods, Water Utilities, Household Products, Tobacco, and Specialty Retail have most buys

   

This week, Leisure Goods, Household Products, Water Utilities, Tobacco, and Specialty Retail are the best sectors on the Portfolio Grader database.

With 88% of the sector’s stocks (7 out of 8) rating a “buy,” the Leisure Goods sector is one of the strongest. Among Leisure Goods stocks, Smith & Wesson (NASDAQ:SWHC), LeapFrog (NYSE:LF), and Arctic Cat (NASDAQ:ACAT) are leading the way with A’s. LeapFrog is the best performer in this sector, with a 254.3% increase in the last 12 months. This is better than the S&P 500, which has seen a 25.2% increase over the same period.

The Household Products sector’s track record is proving one of the best with 80% of its stocks (8 out of 10) rating a “buy.” Kimberly-Clark (NYSE:KMB), Spectrum Brands Holdings (NYSE:SPB), and Church & Dwight (NYSE:CHD) are paving the way for the sector with A grades. Showing the most overall growth in its sector in the last 12 months, Spectrum Brands Holdings is the top stock, with a 47.6% increase.

Water Utilities is excelling, with 80% of stocks in the sector (4 out of 5) rating a “buy.” Near the top of their sector, American Water Works (NYSE:AWK) and American States Water (NYSE:AWR) have A ratings. Companhia de Saneamento Basico do Estado de Sao Paulo (NYSE:SBS) also gets a B. Over the last 12 months, Companhia de Saneamento Basico do Estado de Sao Paulo is the best performer in this sector, with a 52.9% increase.

The Tobacco sector is thriving on Portfolio Grader this week, with 78% of its stocks (7 out of 9) currently rating a “buy.” Out of the Tobacco stocks, Altria (NYSE:MO), Reynolds American (NYSE:RAI), and Philip Morris International (NYSE:PM) are out front with A’s. Philip Morris International is the best performer in this sector, with a 29.1% increase in the last 12 months.

Specialty Retail stands out with 72% of the sector’s stocks (47 out of 65) rating a “buy.” Lumber Liquidators (NYSE:LL), GNC Holdings (NYSE:GNC), and PetSmart (NASDAQ:PETM) are lifting the sector overall, each earning a high grade of A. Lumber Liquidators bests the other stocks in its sector, with a 219.2% increase from a year 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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