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5 Best Sectors to Watch This Week

Household Products, Leisure Equipment & Products, Water Utilities, Multi-Utilities, and Tobacco have most buys


The Tobacco, Leisure Goods, Diversified Utilities, Water Utilities, and Household Products sectors are showing strength this week, according to Portfolio Grader.

Tobacco is thriving this week with 100% of stocks in the sector (8 out of 8) currently rating a “buy.” With overall grades of A, Philip Morris (NYSE:PM), Altria (NYSE:MO), and Universal Corp. (NYSE:UVV) are buoying the sector. Altria is performing the best overall in the sector, with a 19.7% increase from 12 months ago. This far outpaces the S&P 500, which has seen a 3% uptick over the same period.

With 86% of the sector’s stocks (6 out of 7) rating a “buy,” the Leisure Goods sector is one of the strongest. Out of the Leisure Goods stocks, Smith & Wesson (NASDAQ:SWHC), Sturm Ruger (NYSE:RGR), and LeapFrog (NYSE:LF) are out front with A’s. LeapFrog is the best performer in this sector, with an 81.8% increase in the last 12 months.

Diversified Utilities stands out with 83% of the sector’s stocks (19 out of 23) rating a “buy.” National Grid (NYSE:NGG) and CH Energy (NYSE:CHG) are lifting the sector overall, each earning a high grade of A. Sempra Energy (NYSE:SRE) currently ranks B. Over the last 12 months, Sempra Energy is the best performer in this sector, with a 31.4% increase.

Water Utilities is excelling, with 80% of stocks in the sector (4 out of 5) rating a “buy.” With a score of A, Aqua America (NYSE:WTR), American Water Works (NYSE:AWK) are buoying the sector. American States Water (NYSE:AWR) also has a solid B. Showing the most overall growth in its sector in the last 12 months, Aqua America is the top stock, with a 23.2% increase.

The Household Products sector’s track record is proving one of the best with 70% of its stocks (7 out of 10) rating a “buy.” Kimberly-Clark (NYSE:KMB), Church & Dwight (NYSE:CHD), and Colgate-Palmolive (NYSE:CL) are paving the way for the sector with A grades. Church & Dwight bests the other stocks in its sector, with a 28.2% increase from a year 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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