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5 Best Sectors to Watch This Week

water utilities, commercial banking, and reit among the sectors with the most "buy" calls

The commercial banking, electric utilities, reit, water utilities and gas utilities sectors are on the rise this week on the Portfolio Grader database.

Commercial banking is excelling, with 100% of stocks in the sector (5 out of 5) rating a “buy”. Out of the commercial banking stocks, StellarOne Corporation (STEL) and Citizens Republic Bancorp (CRBC) are out front with B’s. Pacific Capital Bancorp (PCBC) also ranks a solid A.

The electric utilities sector is thriving on Portfolio Grader this week, with 85% of its stocks (35 out of 41) currently rating a “buy”. Edison International (EIX), Unitil Corporation (UTL) and Exelon Corporation (EXC) are paving the way for the sector with A grades. Edison International is the top stock in its sector, with a 67.4% increase from 12 months ago.

With 84% of the sector’s stocks (150 out of 178) rating a “buy,” the reit sector is one of the strongest. Out of the reit stocks, New York Mortgage Trust, Inc. (NYMT), Chimera Investment Corporation (CIM) and Chatham Lodging (CLDT) are out front with A’s. Chatham Lodging is the best performer in this sector, with a 182.2% increase in the last 12 months.

Water utilities is thriving this week with 83% of stocks in the sector (5 out of 6) currently rating a “buy”. With a grade of B, American Water Works Company, Inc. (AWK) and SJW Corp. (SJW) are buoying the sector. American States Water Company (AWR) also ranks a solid A. American Water Works Company, Inc. is performing the best overall in the sector, with a 69.5% increase from 12 months ago.

Gas utilities stands out with 81% of the sector’s stocks (13 out of 16) rating a “buy”. WGL Holdings, Inc. (WGL), Atmos Energy Corporation (ATO) and UGI Corporation (UGI) are all currently earning A’s. Showing the most overall growth in its sector in the last 12 months, Atmos Energy Corporation is the top stock, with a 69.8% 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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