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The following is an overview of the average distance from the 200-day moving average for each sector in the S&P 500 index. All data based on market activity from the morning of August 3. The list has been sorted by positive distance (i.e. bullish momentum).

Overview: Average distance from 200-day moving average

Utilities: +5.85% (based 35 stocks)
Conglomerates: +5.81% (based on 6 stocks)
Financials: +4.50% (based on 80 stocks)
Consumer Goods: +4.23% (based on 60 stocks)
Industrial Goods: +3.74% (based on 41 stocks)
Technology: +2.49% (based on 78 stocks)
Basic Materials avg. distance: +1.06% (based on 56 stocks)
Services sector: +0.92% (based on 101 stocks)
Healthcare: -3.18% (based on 43 stocks)

For each sector, we've listed the 3 stocks with the largest positive distance from the 200-day MA (i.e. stocks in a strong uptrend). We've also included charts to compare the performance of the stocks listed.

Utilities (Average distance of +5.85%, based on 35 stocks)

Integrys Energy Group (NYSE:TEG): +13.06%
Wisconsin Energy Corporation (NYSE:WEC): +12.94%
NiSource Inc. (NYSE:NI): +12.41%

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Conglomerates (Average distance of +5.81%, based on 6 stocks)

PPG Industries, Inc. (NYSE:PPG): +12.96%
3M Company (NYSE:MMM): +8.54%
United Technologies Corporation (NYSE:UTX): +5.16%

Financials (Average distance of +4.50%, based on 80 stocks)

Huntington Bancshares Incorporated (NASDAQ:HBAN): +25.05%
Equity Residential (NYSE:EQR): +24.85%
AvalonBay Communities, Inc. (NYSE:AVB): +24.43%

Consumer Goods (Average distance of +4.23%, based on 60 stocks)

Coca-Cola Enterprises Inc. (NYSE:CCE): +21.18%
Hasbro (NASDAQ:HAS): +20.49%
Pactiv Corporation (PTV): +18.60%

Industrial Goods (Average distance of +3.74%, based on 41 stocks)

Cummins Inc. (NYSE:CMI): +36.39%
Deere & Co. (NYSE:DE): +19.53%
Caterpillar Inc. (NYSE:CAT): +17.37%

Tech sector (Average distance of +2.49%, based on 78 stocks)

SanDisk Corporation (NASDAQ:SNDK): +34.55%, Inc. (NYSE:CRM): +32.11%
Citrix Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ:CTXS): +29.18%

Basic Materials (Average distance of +1.06%, based on 56 stocks)

Titanium Metals Corporation (TIE): +55.79%
Sunoco, Inc. (NYSE:SUN): +22.77%
Smith International, Inc. (SII): +19.65%

Services (Average distance of +0.92%, based on 101 stocks)

AutoNation, Inc. (NYSE:AN): +24.07%
Wynn Resorts (NASDAQ:WYNN): +23.88%
Time Warner Cable Inc. (NYSE:TWC): +21.62%

Healthcare (Average distance of -3.18%, based on 43 stocks)

Genzyme Corporation (GENZ): +32.19%
Varian Medical Systems, Inc. (NYSE:VAR): +11.29%
Biogen Idec Inc. (NASDAQ:BIIB): +11.05%

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