5 Best Sectors to Watch This Week

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

Tobacco is thriving this week with 89% of stocks in the sector (8 out of 9) currently rating a “buy.” Altria (NYSE:MO), Reynolds American (NYSE:RAI), and Philip Morris International (NYSE:PM) are all currently earning A’s. Showing the most overall growth in its sector in the last 12 months, Philip Morris International is the top stock, with a 33.4% increase. This is better than the S&P 500, which has seen a 20.1% increase over the same period.

The Water Utilities sector’s track record is proving one of the best with 80% of its 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 paving the way for the sector with B grades. Over the last 12 months, Companhia de Saneamento Basico do Estado de Sao Paulo is the best performer in this sector, with a 40.5% increase.

With 80% of the sector’s stocks (8 out of 10) rating a “buy,” the Household Products sector is one of the strongest. Out of the Household Products stocks, Kimberly-Clark (NYSE:KMB), Spectrum Brands Holdings (NYSE:SPB), and Church & Dwight (NYSE:CHD) are out front with A’s. Spectrum Brands Holdings is the best performer in this sector, with a 58.1% increase in the last 12 months.

The Infrastructure sector is thriving on Portfolio Grader this week, with 80% of its stocks (4 out of 5) currently rating a “buy.” With overall grades of A, Macquarie Infrastructure (NYSE:MIC), Grupo Aeroportuario del Sureste (NYSE:ASR), and Grupo Aeroportuario del Centro Norte (NASDAQ:OMAB) are buoying the sector. Macquarie Infrastructure beats the other stocks in its sector, with a 78.1% increase from a year ago.

Leisure Goods stands out with 75% of the sector’s stocks (6 out of 8) rating a “buy.” Among Leisure Goods stocks, Smith & Wesson (NASDAQ:SWHC), LeapFrog (NYSE:LF), and Arctic Cat (NASDAQ:ACAT) are leading the way with A’s. Smith & Wesson is the top stock in its sector, with a 287.6% 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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