5 Best Sectors to Watch This Week

by Portfolio Grader | September 4, 2012 11:48 am

This week, Leisure Goods, Household Products, Water Utilities, Tobacco, and Specialty Retail 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. Among Leisure Goods stocks, Smith & Wesson (NASDAQ:SWHC[2]), LeapFrog (NYSE:LF[3]), and Arctic Cat (NASDAQ:ACAT[4]) 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[5]), Spectrum Brands Holdings (NYSE:SPB[6]), and Church & Dwight (NYSE:CHD[7]) 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[8]) and American States Water (NYSE:AWR[9]) have A ratings. Companhia de Saneamento Basico do Estado de Sao Paulo (NYSE:SBS[10]) 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[11]), Reynolds American (NYSE:RAI[12]), and Philip Morris International (NYSE:PM[13]) 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[14]), GNC Holdings (NYSE:GNC[15]), and PetSmart (NASDAQ:PETM[16]) 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[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. KMB: http://navelliergrowth.investorplace.com/portfolio-grader/stock-report.html?t=KMB
  6. SPB: http://navelliergrowth.investorplace.com/portfolio-grader/stock-report.html?t=SPB
  7. CHD: http://navelliergrowth.investorplace.com/portfolio-grader/stock-report.html?t=CHD
  8. AWK: http://navelliergrowth.investorplace.com/portfolio-grader/stock-report.html?t=AWK
  9. AWR: http://navelliergrowth.investorplace.com/portfolio-grader/stock-report.html?t=AWR
  10. SBS: http://navelliergrowth.investorplace.com/portfolio-grader/stock-report.html?t=SBS
  11. MO: http://navelliergrowth.investorplace.com/portfolio-grader/stock-report.html?t=MO
  12. RAI: http://navelliergrowth.investorplace.com/portfolio-grader/stock-report.html?t=RAI
  13. PM: http://navelliergrowth.investorplace.com/portfolio-grader/stock-report.html?t=PM
  14. LL: http://navelliergrowth.investorplace.com/portfolio-grader/stock-report.html?t=LL
  15. GNC: http://navelliergrowth.investorplace.com/portfolio-grader/stock-report.html?t=GNC
  16. PETM: http://navelliergrowth.investorplace.com/portfolio-grader/stock-report.html?t=PETM
  17. here: http://navelliergrowth.investorplace.com/portfolio-grader/

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