According to the Portfolio Grader database this week, the Semiconductor, Metals and Mining, Communications Equipment, Marine, and Auto Parts sectors are at the bottom.
The Semiconductor sector is trailing behind others this week, with 75% of its stocks (61 out of 81) rated a “sell.” Among Semiconductor stocks, International Rectifier (NYSE:IRF), Intersil (NASDAQ:ISIL), and Advanced Micro Devices (NYSE:AMD) are lingering near the bottom with grades of F. Advanced Micro Devices is the worst performer in this sector, with a 43.9% decline in the last 12 months. This is worse than the S&P 500′s 28.2% increase for the same period.
With 74% of its stocks (67 out of 90) rated “sell,” the Metals and Mining sector is struggling this week. Out of the Metals and Mining stocks, Thompson Creek Metals (NYSE:TC), Century Aluminum (NASDAQ:CENX), and Walter Energy Inc. (NYSE:WLT) are near the bottom with F’s. Thompson Creek Metals is the worst stock in its sector, with the company’s share price falling 49.8% in the last 12 months.
The Communications Equipment sector looks weak, with 63% of its stocks (22 out of 35) rated a “sell.” Acme Packet (NASDAQ:APKT), Nokia (NYSE:NOK), and Alcatel-Lucent (NYSE:ALU) are dragging down the sector overall, each earning a low grade of F. Acme Packet is performing worst overall in the sector, with a 60.6% decline over the last 12 months.
Marine is lagging this week with 63% of its stocks (5 out of 8) rated a “sell.” Among Marine stocks, Matson Inc. (NYSE:MATX) and DryShips (NASDAQ:DRYS) are struggling with grades of D. Diana Shipping (NYSE:DSX) also has a low grade of F. Overall, DryShips is the poorest performer in this sector. Its share price has dropped 15.1% in the last 12 months.
The Auto Parts sector is dragging, with 59% of its stocks (10 out of 17) rated a “sell.” Among Auto Parts stocks, Federal-Mogul (NASDAQ:FDML) and Gentex (NASDAQ:GNTX) are struggling with grades of F. Johnson Controls (NYSE:JCI) also has a low grade of D. Federal-Mogul is the worst performer in the sector with a 32.4% decline over the last year.
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.