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5 Best Sectors to Watch This Week

Infrastructure, Household Products, Construction Materials, Water Utilities, and Tobacco have most buys


The Household Products, Water Utilities, Infrastructure, Tobacco, and Construction Materials sectors are rising to the top this week on the Portfolio Grader database.

Household Products stands out with 90% of the sector’s stocks (9 out of 10) rating a “buy”. Among Household Products stocks, Church & Dwight (NYSE:CHD), Kimberly-Clark (NYSE:KMB), and Colgate-Palmolive (NYSE:CL) are leading the way with A’s. The best performer in this sector is Church & Dwight, which saw its price rise 20.6% in the last 12 months.

Water Utilities is thriving this week with 80% of stocks in the sector (4 out of 5) currently rating a “buy”. Out of the Water Utilities stocks, American States Water (NYSE:AWR), American Water Works (NYSE:AWK), and Companhia de Saneamento Basico do Estado de Sao Paulo (NYSE:SBS) are out front with A’s. Over the last 12 months, Companhia de Saneamento Basico do Estado de Sao Paulo is the best performer in this sector, with a 53.5% increase.

The Infrastructure sector’s track record is proving one of the best with 80% of its stocks (4 out of 5) rating a “buy”. Grupo Aeroportuario del Pacifico (NYSE:PAC), Grupo Aeroportuario del Centro Norte (NASDAQ:OMAB), and Grupo Aeroportuario del Sureste (NYSE:ASR) are paving the way for the sector with A grades. Grupo Aeroportuario del Sureste beats the other stocks in its sector, with a 101.3% increase from a year ago.

Tobacco is excelling, with 75% of stocks in the sector (6 out of 8) rating a “buy”. With overall grades of B, Altria (NYSE:MO), Universal Corp. (NYSE:UVV), and Philip Morris International (NYSE:PM) are buoying the sector. Philip Morris International is performing the best overall in the sector, with a 16.4% increase from 12 months ago.

The Construction Materials sector is thriving on Portfolio Grader this week, with 71% of its stocks (5 out of 7) currently rating a “buy”. Out of the Construction Materials stocks, Texas Industries (NYSE:TXI) and James Hardie Industries plc ADR (NYSE:JHX) are out front with B’s. Eagle Materials (NYSE:EXP) also ranks a solid A. Eagle Materials is the top stock in its sector, with a 126.1% 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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