Tue, May 10, 2:34 PM
- No sooner than it's noticed that the S&P 500 hasn't moved more than 1% in either direction for the last month, the S&P 500 (NYSEARCA:SPY) is up 1.1%.
- It's a broad gain, with financials (XLF +1.2%), energy (XLE +1.6%), and materials (XLB +1.6%) leading the way.
- Gold's little-changed, oil's higher by 2.45% to $44.51, and the 10-year Treasury yield is up one basis point to 1.755%.
Thu, Mar. 17, 3:08 PM
- With the S&P 500 returning to more or less flat on the year, Bespoke digs down into sector performance and finds most of them nicely in the green, including the roughed-up energy group (NYSEARCA:XLE) with a 5.9% gain.
- Leading on the upside, though, are the telecoms (NYSEARCA:XTL), ahead 14.4%, and utilities (NYSEARCA:XLU), up 13.3%. Consumer Staples (NYSEARCA:XLP), Materials (NYSEARCA:XLB), and Industrials (NYSEARCA:XLI) are all up between 3.7% and 4.5%, while Consumer Discretionary (NYSEARCA:XLY) is flat.
- Holding the S&P 500 back, then, is healthcare (NYSEARCA:XLV), with an 8.2% decline, and financials (NYSEARCA:XLF), down 5.5%. Within, healthcare, the biotechs (NASDAQ:IBB) have plunged 27%.
Dec. 11, 2015, 10:09 AM
- Investors continue to bail out of mining and energy ahead of the Fed's ending next week of six years of Zero Interest Rate Policy. While there's barely a hint of green on the screen in this morning's selloff, the Energy (XLE -2.8%) and Materials (XLB -2.3%) sectors are leading the charge lower.
- Oil has hit a new milestone in its bear market, taking out $36 per barrel. It's since bounced a hair and is now off 2% to $36 even. Black gold is on track to shed about 10% this week - its worst week of 2015, which is saying a lot.
Sep. 28, 2015, 12:50 PM
- The Health Care SPDR's (XLV -3.5%) decline is about 50% more than that of the S&P 500, with pharmaceuticals (XPH -5.9%) and biotech (IBB -5.7%) again the biggest declines within the sector.
- Also faring worse than the broader market are the financial (XLF -2.2%) and materials (XLB -2.9%) sectors.
- Previously: Biotech bomb hits small cap index (Sept. 27)
- Previously: Plunge in healthcare drags averages down (Sept. 25)
Aug. 11, 2015, 11:35 AM
- Commodity metals are getting hammered by China's devaluation, with aluminum trading down nearly 2%, copper prices lower by 2.5% and nickel plunging more than 3.5%.
- Hardest hit of the mining stocks is Freeport McMoRan (FCX -14.1%), which has completely surrendered yesterday's 10.8% surge; shares now are down 72% over the past year and 57% YTD.
- Iron ore miners are sharply lower: BHP -5.5%, RIO -4.2%, VALE -7.8%, CLF -7.3%.
- Steel companies: X -9.7%, MT -5.1%, AKS -5.7%, NUE -2.9%, STLD -3.5%, CMC -4%.
- Also: AA -6%, CENX -4.9%, TCK -8.2%, SCCO -4.9%.
- ETFs: XLB, JJC, XME, SLX, PEO, VAW, COPX, DBB, UYM, CU, IYM, JJN, SMN, JJU, PICK, MATL, CPER, JJT, BOM, RJZ, FXZ, PYZ, BOS, FOIL, JJM, LD, BDD
Jan. 14, 2015, 7:57 AM
- Mining stocks look headed for sizable losses, as copper prices sink to five-and-a-half year lows and the World Bank lowers its forecast for global economic growth.
- Glencore (OTCPK:GLCNF, OTCPK:GLNCY) -11.5% in London trading, Antofagasta (OTC:ANFGF) -7% in London, Anglo American (OTCPK:AAUKF, OTCPK:AAUKY) -9.5% in London, Vedanta (OTCPK:VDNRF) -18% in London, Rio Tinto (NYSE:RIO) -4.3% premarket in the U.S., VALE -2.9%, FCX -5.1%, CLF -2.6%.
- BHP Billiton (NYSE:BHP) -7.5% in London and -5.5% U.S. premarket after S&P Capital IQ downgraded shares to Hold from Buy, expecting "weaker commodity prices to increasingly impact on group profits as hedges expire and see currency headwinds from a stronger [U.S. dollar]."
- ETFs: XLB, XME, SLX, COPX, VAW, UYM, CU, IYM, HAP, IRV, MXI, SMN, GNR, GUNR, PICK, MATL, FXZ, PYZ, CRBQ, RTM, CCXE, FMAT, GRES, SBM
Apr. 4, 2014, 1:12 PM
- The selloff accelerates, with the Nasdaq 100 (QQQ) and Russell 2000 (IWM) each now lower by 2.3%. Little-changed earlier, selling comes to the S&P 500 (SPY -0.7%) and DJIA (DIA -0.4%).
- What's working? Emerging markets for one. Another area of green is the utility sector (XLU +0.9%). Healthcare (XLV -0.8%) would usually get a bid on these days, but it's being dragged down by the continuing liquidation of the biotechs. There are also some pockets of green in basic materials (XLB -0.7%).
- Utility ETFs: XLU, IDU, VPU, NLR, GRID, JXI, NUCL, DBU, IPU, RYU, UPW, PUI, FUTY, FXU, SDP, PSCU, AXUT, UTLT
- Healthcare ETFs: IYH, XLV, VHT, PJP, XPH, CURE, FXH, IHE, RXL, IRY, IXJ, PPH, IHI, IHF, FHLC, XHS, PSCH, RYH, XHE, PTH, DRGS, AXHE, RXD
- Basic Materials ETFs: XLB, VAW, UYM, IYM, IGE, SMN, MATL, FXZ, PYZ, FMAT, RTM, SBM, PSCM
Aug. 14, 2013, 1:04 PM
- Also boosting the gold miners (see Klarman earlier) is Credit Suisse upping its price target on Barrick Gold (ABX +5.1%) by 10% to $22 per share, saying the company "is moving in the right direction." Goodhaven Fund - a highly concentrated, low-turnover mutual fund which earlier made the case for Barrick - disclosed a tripling of its position during Q2.
- Newmont Mining (NEM +5.5%), Goldcorp (GG +4%), Vista Gold (VGZ +7.1%).
- The Materials Select SPDR (XLB) is the best-performing sector today.
- Related ETFs: FXZ, IYM, PYZ, VAW, RTM, PSCM, UYM, SMN, SBM.
- Gold miners: GDX, GDXJ, GLDX, PSAU, NUGT, DUST, GGGG, RING.
Mar. 4, 2013, 2:09 PM
Caterpillar (CAT -2.2%) is the Dow's worst performer today amid renewed concerns about economic growth in China. As China looks to curb rising home prices, the likely result would be lower demand for basic materials. The impact is hitting heavy equipment manufacturers such as Joy Global (JOY -3.9%), diversified miners including Cliffs Natural Resources (CLF -6%), and steelmakers (SLX -2.2%).| Mar. 4, 2013, 2:09 PM
Jan. 11, 2013, 2:21 PM
Stocks in the materials space are among the weakest performers, as miners and steelmakers weigh following hotter-than-expected Chinese inflation data. Among non-precious metals: WLT -5.8%, CLF -4.3%, CENX -9.2%. Also, BHP Billiton (BHP -2.6%) and Rio Tinto (RIO -2.9%) were both downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Macquarie.| Jan. 11, 2013, 2:21 PM | 10 Comments
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