by Portfolio Grader | January 21, 2013 2:00 pm
The Household Products, Leisure Goods, Water Utilities, Infrastructure, and Tobacco sectors are showing strength this week, according to Portfolio Grader.
Household Products is thriving this week with 89% of stocks in the sector (8 out of 9) currently rating a “buy”. Out of the Household Products stocks, Colgate-Palmolive (NYSE:CL), 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 an 88.6% increase in the last 12 months. This is better than the S&P 500, which has seen a 12.9% increase over the same period.
The Leisure Goods sector is thriving on Portfolio Grader this week, with 86% of its stocks (6 out of 7) currently rating a “buy”. Among Leisure Goods stocks, LeapFrog (NYSE:LF), Smith & Wesson (NASDAQ:SWHC), and Mattel (NASDAQ:MAT) are leading the way with A’s. LeapFrog is performing the best overall in the sector, with a 71.8% increase from 12 months ago.
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 States Water (NYSE:AWR), Aqua America (NYSE:WTR), and Companhia de Saneamento Basico do Estado de Sao Paulo (NYSE:SBS) are lifting the sector overall, each earning a high grade of A. Showing the most overall growth in its sector in the last 12 months, Companhia de Saneamento Basico do Estado de Sao Paulo is the top stock, with a 63.9% increase.
Infrastructure is excelling, with 80% of stocks in the sector (4 out of 5) rating a “buy”. Grupo Aeroportuario del Centro Norte (NASDAQ:OMAB), Grupo Aeroportuario del Pacifico (NYSE:PAC), 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 128.6% increase from a year ago.
With 75% of the sector’s stocks (6 out of 8) rating a “buy,” the Tobacco sector is one of the strongest. Altria (NYSE:MO), Philip Morris International (NYSE:PM), and Universal Corp. (NYSE:UVV) are all currently earning B’s. Universal Corp. is the top stock in its sector, with a 17.8% 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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