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5 Worst Sectors to Avoid This Week

Computer and Personal Electronics, Energy Services, Oil and Gas, Metals and Mining, and Semiconductor have most sells


This week, the Metals and Mining, Computer and Personal Electronics, Oil and Gas, Energy Services, and Semiconductor sectors rank lowest on the Portfolio Grader database.

With 77% of its stocks (72 out of 93) rated “sell,” the Metals and Mining sector is struggling this week. With an overall grade of F, Cliffs Natural Resources (NYSE:CLF), Walter Energy Inc. (NYSE:WLT), and Thompson Creek Metals (NYSE:TC) are weighing down the sector. Walter Energy Inc. is the worst stock in its sector, with the company’s share price falling 70.5% in the last 12 months.

The Computer and Personal Electronics sector looks weak, with 62% of its stocks (13 out of 21) rated a “sell”. Out of the Computer and Personal Electronics stocks, Diebold (NYSE:DBD), QLogic (NASDAQ:QLGC), and Hewlett-Packard (NYSE:HPQ) are near the bottom with F’s. Hewlett-Packard is performing worst overall in the sector, with a 20.5% decline over the last 12 months.

The Oil and Gas sector is trailing behind others this week, with 61% of its stocks (123 out of 202) rated a “sell”. Enerplus (NYSE:ERF), Swift Energy (NYSE:SFY), and Newfield Exploration (NYSE:NFX) are pushing the sector down with F grades. Overall, Swift Energy is the poorest performer in this sector. Its share price has dropped 55% in the last 12 months.

The Energy Services sector is lagging this week with 60% of its stocks (33 out of 55) rated a “sell”. Gulfmark Offshore (NYSE:GLF), Key Energy Services (NYSE:KEG), and Nabors Industries (NYSE:NBR) are all currently earning F’s. Over the last 12 months, Key Energy Services is the worst performer in this sector, with a 56.1% decline.

The Semiconductor sector is dragging, with 57% of its stocks (47 out of 83) rated a “sell”. Among Semiconductor stocks, Cypress Semiconductor (NASDAQ:CY), Atmel (NASDAQ:ATML), and Advanced Micro Devices (NYSE:AMD) are lingering near the bottom with grades of F. The worst performer in this sector is Advanced Micro Devices, which saw its price sink 45.7% in the last 12 months.

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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