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5 Best Sectors to Watch This Week

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

Commercial banking is thriving this week with 100% of stocks in the sector (5 out of 5) currently rating a “buy”. Among commercial banking stocks, StellarOne Corporation (STEL) and Citizens Republic Bancorp (CRBC) are leading the way with grades of B. Pacific Capital Bancorp (PCBC) also has a top grade of A.

The electric utilities sector’s track record is proving one of the best with 90% of its stocks (37 out of 41) rating a “buy”. Edison International (EIX), Unitil Corporation (UTL) and Exelon Corporation (EXC) are paving the way for the sector with A grades.

Gas utilities stands out with 88% of the sector’s stocks (15 out of 17) rating a “buy”. With overall grades of A, WGL Holdings, Inc. (WGL), Atmos Energy Corporation (ATO) and UGI Corporation (UGI) are buoying the sector.

The reit sector is thriving on Portfolio Grader this week, with 83% of its stocks (150 out of 180) currently rating a “buy”. Among reit stocks, New York Mortgage Trust, Inc. (NYMT), LaSalle Hotel Properties (LHO) and Chatham Lodging (CLDT) are leading the way with A’s.

With 83% of the sector’s stocks (5 out of 6) rating a “buy,” the water utilities sector is one of the strongest. Out of the water utilities stocks, SJW Corp. (SJW) and American States Water Company (AWR) are out front with A’s. American Water Works Company, Inc. (AWK) also has a solid B.

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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