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Industrial Select Sector SPDR ETF (XLI)

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  • May. 21, 2013, 8:49 AM
    Exponential rapidly rising or falling markets usually go further than you think, but they do not correct by going sideways," is #4 of Bob Farrell's "Market Rules to Remember." Channeling that, BAML's Steve Suttmeier sees stocks continuing their run with risks of a topping-out not arriving unti late summer. He's most bullish on industrials (XLI) - particularly "oversold" EXPD, DE, CAT, FDX - and also thinks financials (XLF) will remain market leaders.
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  • May. 6, 2013, 7:27 AM
    The S&P 500 (SPY) is fairly valued, says Goldman, but opportunity lies in cyclicals (XLY, XLE, XLI, XLB) which are more undervalued vs. defensives (XLU, XLP, XLV, XTL) than at any time in the last 15 years. "Given the 4 P/E multiple point head start, even a slight valuation normalization should translate into outperformance of cyclicals over defensives during the next 12 months."
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  • May. 3, 2013, 12:54 PM
    Stocks remain sharply higher midday (SPY +1.2%), with the year's leaders - healthcare (XLV +0.7%), utilities (XLU +0.2%), and staples (XLP +0.7%) - lagging, and the year's laggers - industrials (XLI +2.1%), tech (XLK +1.1%), and energy (XLE +1.9%) - leading. Treasurys (TLT -2.1%) are suffering one of their worst days of the year, and broader fixed income (AGG -0.3%).
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  • May. 3, 2013, 8:00 AM
    "We don't want to sell in May and we continue to prefer cyclicals (XLY, XLI, XLB, XLE) ," says JPMorgan's Tom Lee, fully returned to his normal bullish stance. He notes client positioning is "dramatically different" from the heavily long stance of the last 3 years at this time. More, the downturn in gasoline prices could ad 50 bps to GDP in Q2, and the rally in high-yield suggests the economy is set to get stronger.
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  • Apr. 3, 2013, 8:00 AM
    Something for the technicians to have a look at is this chart from ukarlewitz noting small-caps (IWM) have joined the industrials (XLI) and semiconductors (SMH) in slipping below their long-term uptrend line. Oversold in an uptrend tends to get bought, he says. It's a key time.
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  • Mar. 8, 2013, 2:59 PM
    A check of sector performance YTD finds financials (XLF), consumer discretionary (XLY), healthcare (XLV), consumer staples (XLP), energy (XLE), and industrials (XLI) all ahead of SPY's 9% gain. Utilities (XLU) are lagging just a bit, but the biggest drag is tech (XLK), up 4.9%. Not bad considering Apple's 19% decline.
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  • Jan. 24, 2013, 1:31 PM
    A look at the relative strength of S&P 500 sectors vs. the overall average over the past year finds 3 - Consumer Discretionary (XLY), Financials (XLF), and Health Care (XLV) outperforming. Big outperformers a few months back, Telecom (IYZ) and Utilities (XLU) now trail. Underperforming badly not long ago, Energy (XLE) and Industrials (XLI) claw their way back.
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  • Jan. 8, 2013, 3:29 PM
    Vanguard's recent expense reduction means 9 of its 10 sector ETFs are now the cheapest available to U.S. investors. With an annual expense ratio of just 0.14%, VOX, VPU, VCR, VDC, VDE, VHT, VIS, VGT, and VAW stack up favorably vs. the 0.18% charged  by State Street's Sector SPDRs (XLU, XLY, XLP, XLE, XLF, XLV, XLK, XLI, XLB and XTL which charges 0.35%) and the 0.47%-0.48% iShares sector ETFs (RXI, KXI, IYE, IYF, IYZ, IYH, IDU, IYW, IYM, IYJ) charge. At 0.19%, Vanguard Financials (VFH) is still slightly more expensive than the Financial SPDR (XLF).
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  • Jan. 7, 2013, 9:16 AM
    With the S&P at a new bull market high, Bespoke looks at sector performance since the last peak on Sept. 14. Leading the pack in the 4-month span are the financials (XLF) +5.2%, followed by Industrials (XLI) +3.6%, and Healthcare (XLV) +3.5%. Bringing up the rear are tech (XLK) -6.9% and Energy (XLE) -3.4%.
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  • Dec. 6, 2012, 1:05 PM
    The return of manufacturing to the U.S. is just getting started, writes Charles Fishman, telling the remarkable story of the rebirth of GE's giant Appliance Park, which employed 23K in 1973 and less than 2K 28 years later. Assembly lines are moving again as GE invests $800M. "I don't do that because I run a charity," says Jeff Immelt. "We can do it here and make more money."
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  • Nov. 14, 2012, 5:21 PM
    A look at sector performance in the 2 months since the Fed's QE∞ announcement finds tech (XLK), -11.6% the laggard by a wide margin. The materials sector (XLB) has about matched SPY's 7.3% decline. The top performer is healthcare (XLV), -2.7%. Industrials (XLI), staples (XLP), discretionary (XLY), financials (XLF), and utilities (XLU) have marginally bested the S&P.
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  • Nov. 5, 2012, 7:58 AM
    Reporting Q3 profit off 85% from a year ago, Liugong Machinery President Zeng Guang'an warns of continued overcapacity in the Chinese construction-equipment sector, saying the country only needs about 10% of the current 200 firms in the business. "We have too much investment. We need more consumption."
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  • Oct. 19, 2012, 3:42 PM
    Dip-buyers thinking about buying the close today might find better prices on offer Monday as Caterpillar (CAT -3.1%) reports at 7:30 ET. Parker Hannifin (PH -7.5%) after it cut its outlook earlier today: "We were probably a little exuberant in what we thought might happen in China." CAT's CEO at a conference this week: China is "changing in front of our eyes."
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  • Oct. 19, 2012, 9:10 AM
    "Investors need to understand the growing risks of overplaying the defense card," writes AllianceBernstein's Joe Paul, exploring whether high-yield stocks are in bubble territory. It's not news they're expensive compared to past metrics, but high-yielders now make up a record 44% of the S&P 500 (on a cap-weighted basis). "As a countermeasure, (investors) may want to add more cyclical, deeper-value names."
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  • Oct. 19, 2012, 8:54 AM
    Technicians get interested in the industrial sector (XLI) as the charts say there's a move coming, "and it's not going to be a boring one." The direction is not yet known, but J.C. Parets is giving the benefit of the doubt to the bulls. Wait for weekly closes above $38. The XLI -1.3% premarket, as its largest holding, GE, slides following earnings.
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  • Sep. 25, 2012, 2:29 PM
    Heavy equipment makers lag the broader market after Caterpillar (CAT -3.2%) lowered its 2015 guidance due to slumping demand for mining equipment as well as a sluggish global economic recovery. CAT's cautious forecast is infecting other stocks that also depend on countries like China to keep building homes and factories: JOY -4%, TEX -4.2%, MTW -5.5%.
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