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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, auto parts, life science and biotechnology are the best sectors on the Portfolio Grader database.

The commercial banking sector’s track record is proving one of the best with 100% of its stocks (5 out of 5) rating a “buy”. StellarOne Corporation (STEL) and Citizens Republic Bancorp (CRBC) are lifting the sector overall, each earning a high score of B. Pacific Capital Bancorp (PCBC) currently ranks A.

Aerospace and defense is excelling, with 74% of stocks in the sector (31 out of 42) rating a “buy”. Huntington Ingalls Industries, Inc. (HII), Alliant Techsystem (ATK) and TASER International, Inc. (TASR) are all currently earning A’s. Huntington Ingalls Industries, Inc. is the top stock in its sector, with a 195.9% increase from 12 months ago.

Auto parts stands out with 71% of the sector’s stocks (17 out of 24) rating a “buy”. With overall grades of A, Magna International (MGA), Dorman Products, Inc. (DORM) and Cooper-Standard Holdings Inc. (CPS) are buoying the sector. Showing the most overall growth in its sector in the last 12 months, Magna International is the top stock, with a 242.9% increase.

Life science is thriving this week with 71% of stocks in the sector (17 out of 24) currently rating a “buy”. Wuxi PharmaTech (Cayman) Inc. Sponsored ADR (WX), Covance (CVD) and Illumina, Inc. (ILMN) are paving the way for the sector with A grades. The best performer in this sector is Wuxi PharmaTech (Cayman) Inc. Sponsored ADR, which saw its price rise 211.2% in the last 12 months.

The biotechnology sector is thriving on Portfolio Grader this week, with 70% of its stocks (62 out of 89) currently rating a “buy”. Among biotechnology stocks, Gentium S.p.A. Sponsored ADR (GENT), Repligen Corporation (RGEN) and Insys Therapeutics, Inc. (INSY) are leading the way with A’s. Over the last 12 months, Repligen Corporation is the best performer in this sector, with a 596.4% increase.

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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