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 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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