The commercial banking, electric utilities, infrastructure, household products and gas utilities sectors are rising to the top this week on the Portfolio Grader database.
The commercial banking sector is thriving on Portfolio Grader this week, with 100% of its stocks (5 out of 5) currently 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.
With 85% of the sector’s stocks (35 out of 41) rating a “buy,” the electric utilities sector is one of the strongest. Edison International (EIX), Hawaiian Electric Industries, Inc. (HE) and Xcel Energy (XEL) are lifting the sector overall, each earning a high grade of A. Edison International is performing the best overall in the sector, with a 47.6% increase from 12 months ago.
Infrastructure is excelling, with 80% of stocks in the sector (4 out of 5) rating a “buy”. Macquarie Infrastructure Corporation (MIC) and Grupo Aeroportuario del Centro Norte SAB de CV Sponsored ADR Class B (OMAB) are lifting the sector overall, each earning a high grade of A. Grupo Aeroportuario del Pacifico SAB de CV Sponsored ADR Class B (PAC) currently ranks B. Macquarie Infrastructure Corporation beats the other stocks in its sector, with a 193.2% increase from a year ago.
The household products sector’s track record is proving one of the best with 78% of its stocks (7 out of 9) rating a “buy”. With a score of A, Clorox Company (CLX), Church & Dwight Co., Inc. (CHD) are buoying the sector. Colgate-Palmolive Company (CL) also has a solid B. The best performer in this sector is Church & Dwight Co., Inc., which saw its price rise 88.6% in the last 12 months.
The gas utilities sector is thriving on Portfolio Grader this week, with 76% of its stocks (13 out of 17) currently rating a “buy”. Out of the gas utilities stocks, WGL Holdings, Inc. (WGL) and New Jersey Resources Corporation (NJR) are out front with A’s. ONE Gas, Inc. (OGS) also has a solid B. WGL Holdings, Inc. is performing the best overall in the sector, with a 26.5% increase from 12 months ago.
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.