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5 Best Sectors to Watch This Week

e-commerce, biotechnology, life science, auto parts and aerospace and defense have most buys


This week, life science, aerospace and defense, auto parts, biotechnology and e-commerce are the best sectors on the Portfolio Grader database.

With 70% of the sector’s stocks (16 out of 23) rating a “buy,” the life science sector is one of the strongest. With overall grades of A, Wuxi PharmaTech (Cayman) Inc. Sponsored ADR (WX), Illumina, Inc. (ILMN) and Thermo Fisher Scientific (TMO) are buoying the sector. Over the last 12 months, Wuxi PharmaTech (Cayman) Inc. Sponsored ADR is the best performer in this sector, with a 224.4% increase.

Aerospace and defense stands out with 69% of the sector’s stocks (29 out of 42) rating a “buy”. Among aerospace and defense stocks, Huntington Ingalls Industries, Inc. (HII), Alliant Techsystem (ATK) and Boeing Company (BA) are leading the way with A’s. The best performer in this sector is Alliant Techsystem, which saw its price rise 141.7% in the last 12 months.

The auto parts sector is thriving on Portfolio Grader this week, with 68% of its stocks (17 out of 25) currently rating a “buy”. Magna International (MGA), Cooper-Standard Holdings Inc. (CPS) and Delphi Automotive PLC (DLPH) are paving the way for the sector with A grades. Delphi Automotive PLC is performing the best overall in the sector, with a 205.5% increase from 12 months ago.

Biotechnology is thriving this week with 68% of stocks in the sector (55 out of 81) currently rating a “buy”. Gentium S.p.A. Sponsored ADR (GENT), Repligen Corporation (RGEN) and Insys Therapeutics, Inc. (INSY) are all currently earning A’s. Insys Therapeutics, Inc. is the top stock in its sector, with a 471.7% increase from 12 months ago.

The e-commerce sector’s track record is proving one of the best with 65% of its stocks (11 out of 17) rating a “buy”. Out of the e-commerce stocks, Liberty Interactive Corporation Ventures Series A (LVNTA), Vipshop Holdings Ltd. Sponsored ADR (VIPS) and Netflix, Inc. (NFLX) are out front with A’s. Vipshop Holdings Ltd. Sponsored ADR beats the other stocks in its sector, with a 1981.1% increase from a year 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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