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New Year Focus - Financial Leadership

Jan. 06, 2022 12:08 PM ETCBOE, NTRS, PNC, XLF, AJG1 Comment
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Markets have rung in 2022 on a positive note as both Large Cap indices, the S&P and now the Dow Jones Industrial Average, are trading at or near all-time highs. The COVID-stoked rally has delivered a maximum gain

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Market Commentator and Blogger. Follow on Twitter / Stocktwits @fallondpicks. My investment focus are mid- to large-cap stocks, pushing new highs on heavier volume following an extended basing period (i.e. trading below 52-week high for 6 weeks or more). I write about key indices to determine a bullish/bearish picture, and study intersector relationships (#sectorbreadth) to identify sectors offering value within the broader context of the market. As a Ph.D. holder in Nematology I have a side-interest in biotechnology stocks.

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$XLE finishes the year the clear winner, up +79%. $XLF had a more modest finish, up +7.5% in a middle-of-the-pack return.

Of the stocks: NTRS finished down 26%, AJG (my chosen favorite) finished up 12%, CBOE finished down 2%, and PNC down 25%. A mixed bag except for the selected favorite.
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