5 Best Sectors to Watch This Week

The Water Utilities, Household Products, Infrastructure, Diversified Utilities, and Tobacco sectors look strong this week, according to Portfolio Grader.

Water Utilities stands out with 80% of the sector’s stocks (4 out of 5) rating a “buy.” American Water Works (NYSE:AWK), American States Water (NYSE:AWR), and Companhia de Saneamento Basico do Estado de Sao Paulo (NYSE:SBS) are all currently earning A’s. American Water Works is performing best overall in the sector, with a 37.9% increase over the last 12 months. This is better than the S&P 500’s 17.2% increase for the same time period.

The Household Products sector is thriving on Portfolio Grader this week, with 80% of its stocks (8 out of 10) currently rating a “buy.” Harbinger Group (NYSE:HRG), Kimberly-Clark (NYSE:KMB), and Church & Dwight (NYSE:CHD) are paving the way for the sector with A grades. Over the last 12 months, Harbinger Group is the best performer in this sector, with a 79.8% increase.

Infrastructure is thriving this week with 80% of stocks in the sector (4 out of 5) currently rating a “buy.” Macquarie Infrastructure (NYSE:MIC) and Grupo Aeroportuario del Sureste (NYSE:ASR) are lifting the sector overall, each earning a high grade of A. Grupo Aeroportuario del Centro Norte (NASDAQ:OMAB) currently ranks B. Macquarie Infrastructure beats the other stocks in its sector, with a 79.2% increase from a year ago.

Diversified Utilities is excelling, with 78% of stocks in the sector (18 out of 23) rating a “buy.” With overall grades of A, Wisconsin Energy (NYSE:WEC), Alliant Energy (NYSE:LNT), and NiSource Inc. (NYSE:NI) are buoying the sector. Showing the most overall growth in its sector in the last 12 months, Wisconsin Energy is the top stock, with a 32.6% increase.

With 78% of the sector’s stocks (7 out of 9) rating a “buy,” the Tobacco sector is one of the strongest. Out of the Tobacco stocks, Altria (NYSE:MO), Reynolds American (NYSE:RAI), and Philip Morris International (NYSE:PM) are out front with A’s. Altria is performing the best overall in the sector, with a 35% 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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