5 Worst Sectors to Avoid This Week

energy services, independent power and renewable electricity producers, and water utilities among the sectors with the most "sell" calls

   
5 Worst Sectors to Avoid This Week

This week, the energy services, metals and mining, water utilities, independent power and renewable electricity producers and energy services sectors look weak according to Portfolio Grader.

The reit sector is trailing behind others this week, with 81% of its stocks (124 out of 154) rated a “sell”. Hatteras Financial (HTS), DDR Corp. (DDR) and Health Care REIT, Inc. (HCN) are pushing the sector down with F grades. Hatteras Financial is the worst performer in this sector, with a 27.2% decline in the last 12 months.

The metals and mining sector is dragging, with 67% of its stocks (61 out of 91) rated a “sell”. Among metals and mining stocks, Newmont Mining Corporation (NEM), Gold Fields Limited Sponsored ADR (GFI) and Schnitzer Steel Industries, Inc. Class A (SCHN) are lingering near the bottom with grades of F. Overall, Gold Fields Limited Sponsored ADR is the poorest performer in this sector. Its share price has dropped 71% in the last 12 months.

The water utilities sector is lagging this week with 67% of its stocks (4 out of 6) rated a “sell”. Companhia de Saneamento Basico do Estado de Sao Paulo SABESP Sponsored ADR (SBS), SJW Corp. (SJW) and Aqua America, Inc. (WTR) are dragging down the sector overall, each earning a low grade of D. Companhia de Saneamento Basico do Estado de Sao Paulo SABESP Sponsored ADR is performing worst overall in the sector, with an 83.6% decline over the last 12 months.

With 67% of its stocks (6 out of 9) rated “sell,” the independent power and renewable electricity producers sector is struggling this week. TransAlta Corporation (TAC), Empresa Nacional de Electricidad S.A. Sponsored ADR (EOC) and Calpine Corporation (CPN) are all currently earning F’s. TransAlta Corporation is the worst performer in this sector, with a 41.9% decline in the last 12 months.

The energy services sector looks weak, with 60% of its stocks (38 out of 63) rated a “sell”. With an overall grade of F, McDermott International, Inc. (MDR), ION Geophysical Corporation (IO) and Tidewater (TDW) are weighing down the sector. Over the last 12 months, ION Geophysical Corporation is the worst performer in this sector, with a 27.9% 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.


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