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5 Worst Sectors to Avoid This Week

Computer and Personal Electronics, Communications Equipment, Oil and Gas, Metals and Mining, and Semiconductor have most sells


For the week, the worst sectors according to Portfolio Grader are the Metals and Mining, Computer and Personal Electronics, Oil and Gas, Semiconductor, and Communications Equipment sectors.

The Metals and Mining sector is trailing behind others this week, with 72% of its stocks (67 out of 93) rated a “sell”. Cliffs Natural Resources (NYSE:CLF), ArcelorMittal SA (NY Reg Sh) (NYSE:MT), and Walter Energy Inc. (NYSE:WLT) are dragging down the sector overall, each earning a low grade of F. Cliffs Natural Resources is the worst performer in this sector, with a 50.6% decline in the last 12 months. This is worse than the S&P 500, which has seen a 11.6% increase over the same period.

The Computer and Personal Electronics sector is dragging, with 62% of its stocks (13 out of 21) rated a “sell”. Hewlett-Packard (NYSE:HPQ), Diebold (NYSE:DBD), and QLogic (NASDAQ:QLGC) are all currently earning F’s. Over the last 12 months, Hewlett-Packard is the worst performer in this sector, with a 32.2% decline.

The Oil and Gas sector looks weak, with 60% of its stocks (120 out of 200) rated a “sell”. Out of the Oil and Gas stocks, Bill Barrett (NYSE:BBG), Enerplus (NYSE:ERF), and Ultra Petroleum (NYSE:UPL) are near the bottom with F’s. Bill Barrett is the worst performer in this sector, with a 47.1% decline in the last 12 months.

The Semiconductor sector is lagging this week with 58% of its stocks (47 out of 81) rated a “sell”. Cypress Semiconductor (NASDAQ:CY), Atmel (NASDAQ:ATML), and Advanced Micro Devices (NYSE:AMD) are pushing the sector down with F grades. Overall, Advanced Micro Devices is the poorest performer in this sector. Its share price has dropped 43.4% in the last 12 months.

With 56% of its stocks (20 out of 36) rated “sell,” the Communications Equipment sector is struggling this week. With an overall grade of F, Adtran (NASDAQ:ADTN), Emulex (NYSE:ELX), and Polycom Inc. (NASDAQ:PLCM) are weighing down the sector.

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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