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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


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

With 100% of the sector’s stocks (5 out of 5) rating a “buy,” the commercial banking sector is one of the strongest. With a grade of B, StellarOne Corporation (STEL) and Citizens Republic Bancorp (CRBC) are buoying the sector. Pacific Capital Bancorp (PCBC) also ranks a solid A.

Aerospace and defense stands out with 74% of the sector’s stocks (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. Over the last 12 months, Huntington Ingalls Industries, Inc. is the best performer in this sector, with a 190.3% increase.

Auto parts is thriving this week with 71% of stocks in the sector (17 out of 24) currently rating a “buy”. Among auto parts stocks, Magna International (MGA), Dorman Products, Inc. (DORM) and Cooper-Standard Holdings Inc. (CPS) are leading the way with A’s. Magna International is performing the best overall in the sector, with a 246.6% increase from 12 months ago.

Life science is excelling, with 71% of stocks in the sector (17 out of 24) 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. Wuxi PharmaTech (Cayman) Inc. Sponsored ADR is the best performer in this sector, with a 211.5% increase in the last 12 months.

The biotechnology sector is thriving on Portfolio Grader this week, with 67% of its stocks (60 out of 89) currently rating a “buy”. With overall grades of A, Gentium S.p.A. Sponsored ADR (GENT), Repligen Corporation (RGEN) and Insys Therapeutics, Inc. (INSY) are buoying the sector. Showing the most overall growth in its sector in the last 12 months, Repligen Corporation is the top stock, with a 605.3% 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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