Chart: Ratio of Consumer Discretionary to Consumer Staples a Good Gauge of Risk Appetite

Includes: XLP, XLY
by: The Business Insider

We've been following this one for awhile, and it continues to look interesting. The ratio of the Consumer Discretionary Select SPDR (NYSEARCA:XLY) to the Consumer Staples Select SPDR (NYSEARCA:XLP) is a good gauge of risk appetite.

For several days it appeared to be rolling over severely -- even as the broader market remained basically flat -- though on Thursday and Friday the ratio bottomed. A return of the uptrend would obviously be positive for the bulls. All that being said, it's going to be quiet trading this week, and next, in all likelihood.

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