by Portfolio Grader | September 17, 2012 4:45 pm
The Leisure Goods, Water Utilities, Infrastructure, Household Products, and Specialty Retail sectors are on the rise this week on the Portfolio Grader database.
Leisure Goods is excelling, with 88% of stocks in the sector (7 out of 8) rating a “buy.” Smith & Wesson (NASDAQ:SWHC), LeapFrog (NYSE:LF), and Arctic Cat (NASDAQ:ACAT) are all currently earning A’s. Over the last 12 months, LeapFrog is the best performer in this sector, with a 197% decline. This is better than the S&P 500, which has seen a 26.9% increase over the same period.
Water Utilities is thriving this week with 80% of stocks in the sector (4 out of 5) currently rating a “buy.” With overall grades of A, American Water Works (NYSE:AWK), American States Water (NYSE:AWR), and Aqua America (NYSE:WTR) are buoying the sector. American States Water bests the other stocks in its sector, with a 32.1% increase from a year ago.
Infrastructure stands out with 80% of the sector’s stocks (4 out of 5) rating a “buy.” Among Infrastructure stocks, Macquarie Infrastructure (NYSE:MIC), Grupo Aeroportuario del Sureste (NYSE:ASR), and Grupo Aeroportuario del Centro Norte (NASDAQ:OMAB) are leading the way with A’s. Over the last 12 months, Macquarie Infrastructure is the best performer in this sector, with a 81.1% increase.
The Household Products sector’s track record is proving one of the best with 70% of its stocks (7 out of 10) rating a “buy.” Kimberly-Clark (NYSE:KMB), Spectrum Brands Holdings (NYSE:SPB), and Church & Dwight (NYSE:CHD) are lifting the sector overall, each earning a high grade of A. Spectrum Brands Holdings is the top stock in its sector, with a 71.4% increase from 12 months ago.
The Specialty Retail sector is thriving on Portfolio Grader this week, with 70% of its stocks (48 out of 69) currently rating a “buy.” Out of the Specialty Retail stocks, Lumber Liquidators (NYSE:LL), GNC Holdings (NYSE:GNC), and PetSmart (NASDAQ:PETM) are out front with A’s. Lumber Liquidators is the best performer in this sector, with a 276% increase in the last 12 months.
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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