by Portfolio Grader | September 24, 2012 6:00 pm
The Tobacco, Water Utilities, Household Products, Infrastructure, and Leisure Goods sectors are showing strength this week, according to Portfolio Grader.
Tobacco is thriving this week with 89% of stocks in the sector (8 out of 9) currently rating a “buy.” Altria (NYSE:MO), Reynolds American (NYSE:RAI), and Philip Morris International (NYSE:PM) are all currently earning A’s. Showing the most overall growth in its sector in the last 12 months, Philip Morris International is the top stock, with a 33.4% increase. This is better than the S&P 500, which has seen a 20.1% 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), American States Water (NYSE:AWR), and Companhia de Saneamento Basico do Estado de Sao Paulo (NYSE:SBS) are paving the way for the sector with B grades. Over the last 12 months, Companhia de Saneamento Basico do Estado de Sao Paulo is the best performer in this sector, with a 40.5% increase.
With 80% of the sector’s stocks (8 out of 10) rating a “buy,” the Household Products sector is one of the strongest. Out of the Household Products stocks, Kimberly-Clark (NYSE:KMB), Spectrum Brands Holdings (NYSE:SPB), and Church & Dwight (NYSE:CHD) are out front with A’s. Spectrum Brands Holdings is the best performer in this sector, with a 58.1% increase in the last 12 months.
The Infrastructure sector is thriving on Portfolio Grader this week, with 80% of its stocks (4 out of 5) currently rating a “buy.” With overall grades of A, Macquarie Infrastructure (NYSE:MIC), Grupo Aeroportuario del Sureste (NYSE:ASR), and Grupo Aeroportuario del Centro Norte (NASDAQ:OMAB) are buoying the sector. Macquarie Infrastructure beats the other stocks in its sector, with a 78.1% increase from a year ago.
Leisure Goods stands out with 75% of the sector’s stocks (6 out of 8) rating a “buy.” Among Leisure Goods stocks, Smith & Wesson (NASDAQ:SWHC), LeapFrog (NYSE:LF), and Arctic Cat (NASDAQ:ACAT) are leading the way with A’s. Smith & Wesson is the top stock in its sector, with a 287.6% increase from 12 months 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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