5 Worst Sectors to Avoid This Week

by Portfolio Grader | March 26, 2013 2:00 pm

This week, the Metals and Mining, Computer and Personal Electronics, Energy Services, Oil and Gas, and Semiconductor sectors rank lowest on the Portfolio Grader[1] database.

The Metals and Mining sector is lagging this week with 78% of its stocks (72 out of 92) rated a “sell”. Cliffs Natural Resources (NYSE:CLF[2]), Walter Energy Inc. (NYSE:WLT[3]), and Thompson Creek Metals (NYSE:TC[4]) are pushing the sector down with F grades. Cliffs Natural Resources is the worst performer in this sector, with a 65.2% decline in the last 12 months. This is worse than the S&P 500, which has seen a 9.5% increase over the same period.

The Computer and Personal Electronics sector looks weak, with 62% of its stocks (13 out of 21) rated a “sell”. Diebold (NYSE:DBD[5]), QLogic (NASDAQ:QLGC[6]), and Hewlett-Packard (NYSE:HPQ[7]) are all currently earning F’s. Hewlett-Packard is performing worst overall in the sector, with a 8.3% decline over the last 12 months.

With 61% of its stocks (33 out of 54) rated “sell,” the Energy Services sector is struggling this week. Among Energy Services stocks, Gulfmark Offshore (NYSE:GLF[8]), Key Energy Services (NYSE:KEG[9]), and Nabors Industries (NYSE:NBR[10]) are lingering near the bottom with grades of F. Key Energy Services is the worst stock in its sector, with the company’s share price falling 40.7% in the last 12 months.

The Oil and Gas sector is trailing behind others this week, with 61% of its stocks (121 out of 200) rated a “sell”. With an overall grade of F, Enerplus (NYSE:ERF[11]), Swift Energy (NYSE:SFY[12]), and Newfield Exploration (NYSE:NFX[13]) are weighing down the sector. Overall, Swift Energy is the poorest performer in this sector. Its share price has dropped 47.8% in the last 12 months.

The Semiconductor sector is dragging, with 57% of its stocks (47 out of 83) rated a “sell”. Out of the Semiconductor stocks, Cypress Semiconductor (NASDAQ:CY[14]), Atmel (NASDAQ:ATML[15]), and Advanced Micro Devices (NYSE:AMD[16]) are near the bottom with F’s. Advanced Micro Devices is the worst performer in this sector, with a 47.7% decline in the last 12 months.

Louis Navellier’s proprietary Portfolio Grader[1] 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[17].

Endnotes:
  1. Portfolio Grader: http://navelliergrowth.investorplace.com/portfolio-grader/
  2. CLF: http://navelliergrowth.investorplace.com/portfolio-grader/stock-report.html?t=CLF
  3. WLT: http://navelliergrowth.investorplace.com/portfolio-grader/stock-report.html?t=WLT
  4. TC: http://navelliergrowth.investorplace.com/portfolio-grader/stock-report.html?t=TC
  5. DBD: http://navelliergrowth.investorplace.com/portfolio-grader/stock-report.html?t=DBD
  6. QLGC: http://navelliergrowth.investorplace.com/portfolio-grader/stock-report.html?t=QLGC
  7. HPQ: http://navelliergrowth.investorplace.com/portfolio-grader/stock-report.html?t=HPQ
  8. GLF: http://navelliergrowth.investorplace.com/portfolio-grader/stock-report.html?t=GLF
  9. KEG: http://navelliergrowth.investorplace.com/portfolio-grader/stock-report.html?t=KEG
  10. NBR: http://navelliergrowth.investorplace.com/portfolio-grader/stock-report.html?t=NBR
  11. ERF: http://navelliergrowth.investorplace.com/portfolio-grader/stock-report.html?t=ERF
  12. SFY: http://navelliergrowth.investorplace.com/portfolio-grader/stock-report.html?t=SFY
  13. NFX: http://navelliergrowth.investorplace.com/portfolio-grader/stock-report.html?t=NFX
  14. CY: http://navelliergrowth.investorplace.com/portfolio-grader/stock-report.html?t=CY
  15. ATML: http://navelliergrowth.investorplace.com/portfolio-grader/stock-report.html?t=ATML
  16. AMD: http://navelliergrowth.investorplace.com/portfolio-grader/stock-report.html?t=AMD
  17. here: http://navelliergrowth.investorplace.com/portfolio-grader/

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