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5 Best Sectors to Watch This Week

biotechnology, life science, and commercial banking among the sectors with the most "buy" calls


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

The commercial banking sector is thriving on Portfolio Grader this week, with 100% of its stocks (5 out of 5) currently rating a “buy”. Near the top of their sector, Pacific Capital Bancorp (PCBC) and StellarOne Corporation (STEL) have A ratings. Citizens Republic Bancorp (CRBC) also gets a B.

With 74% of the sector’s stocks (31 out of 42) rating a “buy,” the aerospace and defense sector is one of the strongest. With overall grades of A, Alliant Techsystem (ATK), Huntington Ingalls Industries, Inc. (HII) and TASER International, Inc. (TASR) are buoying the sector. Huntington Ingalls Industries, Inc. is the best performer in this sector, with a 224.2% increase in the last 12 months.

The biotechnology sector’s track record is proving one of the best with 71% of its stocks (60 out of 84) rating a “buy”. Gentium S.p.A. Sponsored ADR (GENT), Repligen Corporation (RGEN) and Insys Therapeutics, Inc. (INSY) are all currently earning A’s. Over the last 12 months, Repligen Corporation is the best performer in this sector, with a 365.3% increase.

Auto parts is thriving this week with 71% of stocks in the sector (17 out of 24) currently rating a “buy”. Out of the auto parts stocks, Magna International (MGA), Dorman Products, Inc. (DORM) and Cooper-Standard Holdings Inc. (CPS) are out front with A’s. The best performer in this sector is Magna International, which saw its price rise 212.1% in the last 12 months.

Life science is excelling, with 70% of stocks in the sector (16 out of 23) rating a “buy”. Among life science stocks, Wuxi PharmaTech (Cayman) Inc. Sponsored ADR (WX), Covance (CVD) and Illumina, Inc. (ILMN) are leading the way with A’s. Wuxi PharmaTech (Cayman) Inc. Sponsored ADR is performing the best overall in the sector, with a 220.9% 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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