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5 Best Sectors to Watch This Week

biotechnology, life science, and commercial banking among the sectors with the most "buy" calls


The commercial banking, aerospace and defense, auto parts, biotechnology and life science sectors are on the rise this week on the Portfolio Grader database.

Commercial banking is thriving this week with 100% of stocks in the sector (5 out of 5) currently rating a “buy”. Among commercial banking stocks, StellarOne Corporation (STEL) and Citizens Republic Bancorp (CRBC) are leading the way with grades of B. Pacific Capital Bancorp (PCBC) also has a top grade of A.

Aerospace and defense is excelling, with 74% of stocks in the sector (31 out of 42) rating a “buy”. Huntington Ingalls Industries, Inc. (HII), Alliant Techsystem (ATK) and TASER International, Inc. (TASR) are all currently earning A’s. Huntington Ingalls Industries, Inc. beats the other stocks in its sector, with a 205.1% increase from a year ago.

The auto parts sector’s track record is proving one of the best with 71% of its stocks (17 out of 24) rating a “buy”. Among auto parts stocks, Magna International (MGA), Dorman Products, Inc. (DORM) and Cooper-Standard Holdings Inc. (CPS) are leading the way with A’s. Magna International is the best performer in this sector, with a 241.6% increase in the last 12 months.

With 67% of the sector’s stocks (60 out of 89) rating a “buy,” the biotechnology sector is one of the strongest. With overall grades of A, Gentium S.p.A. Sponsored ADR (GENT), Repligen Corporation (RGEN) and Insys Therapeutics, Inc. (INSY) are buoying the sector. Showing the most overall growth in its sector in the last 12 months, Repligen Corporation is the top stock, with a 552.2% increase.

Life science stands out with 67% of the sector’s stocks (16 out of 24) rating a “buy”. Wuxi PharmaTech (Cayman) Inc. Sponsored ADR (WX), Covance (CVD) and Illumina, Inc. (ILMN) are lifting the sector overall, each earning a high grade of A. Wuxi PharmaTech (Cayman) Inc. Sponsored ADR is performing the best overall in the sector, with a 206.6% 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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