This week, the Metals and Mining, Independent Utilities, Service, Energy Services, and Marine sectors rank lowest on the Portfolio Grader database.
The Metals and Mining sector looks weak, with 86% of its stocks (75 out of 87) rated a “sell.” HudBay Minerals (NYSE:HBM), Aluminum Corp. of China (NYSE:ACH), and Alcoa (NYSE:AA) are dragging down the sector overall, each earning a low grade of F. The worst performer in this sector is Aluminum Corp. of China, which saw its price sink 25.9% in the last 12 months. This is worse than the S&P 500, which has seen a 9.9% increase over the same period.
With 60% of its stocks (6 out of 10) rated “sell,” the Independent Utilities sector is struggling this week. At the bottom of the Independent Utilities stocks, TransAlta (NYSE:TAC) and Dynegy Inc. (NYSE:DYN) currently have F’s. NRG Energy (NYSE:NRG) also has a weak D. Overall, Dynegy Inc. is the poorest performer in this sector. Its share price has dropped 397.3% in the last 12 months.
The Service sector is trailing behind others this week, with 59% of its stocks (13 out of 22) rated a “sell.” Education Management Corp. (NASDAQ:EDMC), DeVry (NYSE:DV), and ITT Educational Services (NYSE:ESI) are all currently earning F’s. The worst performer in this sector is Education Management Corp., which saw its price sink 84.1% in the last 12 months.
The Energy Services sector is dragging, with 57% of its stocks (29 out of 51) rated a “sell.” Out of the Energy Services stocks, Tetra Technologies (NYSE:TTI), Key Energy Services (NYSE:KEG), and Pioneer Energy Services Corp (NYSE:PES) are near the bottom with F’s. Key Energy Services is the worst performer in this sector, with a 50.5% decline in the last 12 months.
Marine is lagging this week with 56% of its stocks (5 out of 9) rated a “sell.” Among Marine stocks, DryShips (NASDAQ:DRYS), Diana Shipping (NYSE:DSX), and Navios Maritime Partners (NYSE:NMM) are lingering near the bottom with grades of D. Over the last 12 months, DryShips is the worst performer in this sector, with a 20.7% decline.
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.