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5 Best Sectors to Watch This Week

Infrastructure, Household Products, Water Utilities, Tobacco, and Building Products have most buys


The Water Utilities, Household Products, Infrastructure, Tobacco, and Building Products sectors look strong this week, according to Portfolio Grader.

Water Utilities is excelling, with 80% of stocks in the sector (4 out of 5) rating a “buy”. Out of the Water Utilities stocks, American Water Works (NYSE:AWK), Companhia de Saneamento Basico do Estado de Sao Paulo (NYSE:SBS), and American States Water (NYSE:AWR) are out front with A’s. Over the last 12 months, Companhia de Saneamento Basico do Estado de Sao Paulo is the best performer in this sector, with a 49.8% increase. This is better than the S&P 500, which has seen a 12% increase over the same period.

Household Products is thriving this week with 80% of stocks in the sector (8 out of 10) currently 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 best performer in this sector, with an 90.1% 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”. Grupo Aeroportuario del Pacifico (NYSE:PAC), Grupo Aeroportuario del Centro Norte (NASDAQ:OMAB), and Grupo Aeroportuario del Sureste (NYSE:ASR) are paving the way for the sector with A grades. The best performer in this sector is Grupo Aeroportuario del Sureste, which saw its price rise 88.8% in the last 12 months.

Tobacco stands out with 75% of the sector’s stocks (6 out of 8) rating a “buy”. Altria (NYSE:MO), Philip Morris International (NYSE:PM), and Universal Corp. (NYSE:UVV) are all currently earning B’s. Philip Morris International beats the other stocks in its sector, with a 16.2% increase from a year ago.

The Building Products sector’s track record is proving one of the best with 71% of its stocks (10 out of 14) rating a “buy”. With overall grades of A, A.O. Smith (NYSE:AOS), Nortek Inc. (NASDAQ:NTK), and Apogee Enterprises (NASDAQ:APOG) are buoying the sector. Nortek Inc. is performing the best overall in the sector, with a 207.5% 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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