by Portfolio Grader | December 10, 2012 3:00 pm
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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