U.S. stock market rose 0.87% for the week (Vanguard total stock market ETF VTI). S&P 500 is again sitting at around 1250 line (1255 to be exact). With markets swinging back and forth, it is important to look at the market internals. The following table shows how S&P 9 sectors plus telecom sector (IYZ) have been doing recently:
U.S. Sectors Trend 12/09/2011
Performance data are based on closing prices on last Friday
|Description||Symbol||1 Week||4 Weeks||13 Weeks||26 Weeks||52 Weeks||Trend Score|
The trend score is defined as the average of 1,4,13,26 and 52 week total returns (including dividend reinvested).
The above table shows that traditional defensive sectors: Utilities (XLU) and Consumer Staples (XLP) are still at the top of the table. In the meantime, Financial sector (enough has been said on this sector), which is usually a very cyclical and risk indicator, is at the bottom.
Noticeably, technology sector (XLK) has been doing well. In the past 4 years, technology sector, traditionally very sensitive to economic cycles, did much better than financial and basic materials.
The top 10 holdings of Spider (SPDR) utility sector ETF (XLU) are as follows:
|Southern Company (The) Common S||SO||8.87|
|Dominion Resources, Inc. Common||D||6.92|
|Exelon Corporation Common Stock||EXC||6.91|
|Duke Energy Corporation (Holdin||DUK||6.03|
|NextEra Energy, Inc. Common Sto||NEE||5.51|
|American Electric Power Company||AEP||4.53|
|FirstEnergy Corporation Common||FE||4.38|
|Consolidated Edison, Inc. Commo||ED||4.12|
|PP&L Corporation Common Stock||PPL||4.10|
|Public Service Enterprise Group||PEG||3.92|
Disclosure: I have no positions in any stocks mentioned, and no plans to initiate any positions within the next 72 hours.