by Portfolio Grader | November 19, 2012 7:45 pm
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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