The commercial banking, electric utilities, infrastructure, reit and household products sectors are rising to the top this week on the Portfolio Grader database.
Commercial banking stands out with 100% of the sector’s stocks (5 out of 5) rating a “buy”. 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.
Electric utilities is thriving this week with 86% of stocks in the sector (36 out of 42) currently rating a “buy”. Out of the electric utilities stocks, Edison International (EIX), Hawaiian Electric Industries, Inc. (HE) and Xcel Energy (XEL) are out front with A’s. Showing the most overall growth in its sector in the last 12 months, Edison International is the top stock, with a 55.1% increase.
With 80% of the sector’s stocks (4 out of 5) rating a “buy,” the infrastructure sector is one of the strongest. Out of the infrastructure stocks, Macquarie Infrastructure Company LLC (MIC) and Grupo Aeroportuario del Centro Norte SAB de CV Sponsored ADR Class B (OMAB) are out front with A’s. Grupo Aeroportuario del Pacifico SAB de CV Sponsored ADR Class B (PAC) also has a solid B. Over the last 12 months, Macquarie Infrastructure Company LLC is the best performer in this sector, with a 214% increase.
The reit sector is thriving on Portfolio Grader this week, with 78% of its stocks (142 out of 182) currently rating a “buy”. Among reit stocks, Chatham Lodging (CLDT), Post Properties, Inc. (PPS) and Urstadt Biddle Properties Inc. Class A (UBA) are leading the way with A’s. Chatham Lodging is the best performer in this sector, with a 181.4% increase in the last 12 months.
Household products is excelling, with 78% of stocks in the sector (7 out of 9) rating a “buy”. Clorox Company (CLX) and Church & Dwight Co., Inc. (CHD) are lifting the sector overall, each earning a high grade of A. Colgate-Palmolive Company (CL) currently ranks B. The best performer in this sector is Church & Dwight Co., Inc., which saw its price rise 86.4% in the last 12 months.
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.