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Are Low Equity Sector Correlations A Warning Sign For Stocks?

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James Paulsen, chief investment strategist at Leuthold Group, sees trouble brewing in the growing disconnect between US equity sectors. He told CNBC earlier this week that correlations among US equities is unusually low and flashing a warning signal. That’s an especially dangerous sign when the stock market’s valuation is so high. Let’s dig deeper into […]

Small Cap Returns Are Leading For US Equity Factors So Far In 2018

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After a volatile start to the year, the US stock market has recovered its bullish edge and is currently dispensing strong results. Carving equities up into so-called factor buckets reveals that small-cap firms are leading the field year to date, based on a set of proxy ETFs. The core small-cap factor is currently dispensing the […]

Consumer Discretionary Is Top Sector Performer Year To Date

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The sharp tumble in technology stocks in recent days has yielded this year’s leading sector performance to consumer discretionary, based on a set of exchange-traded funds. Shares of consumer discretionary firms have also fallen in recent days, but the setback has been relatively mild compared with tech. Consumer Discretionary Select Sector SPDR (XLY) is up […]

Mideast And US Dominate World Regional Equity Returns In 2018

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Stock markets in the Middle East and the US continue to hold a clear performance edge over the rest of the world this year, based on trading through July 24 for a set of exchange-traded products. Whereas those two slices of the global equity pie are posting solid gains, the rest of the field has […]

US Small Caps Lead US Equity Factor Performance Year To Date

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Small-cap stocks have delivered the strongest returns so far in 2018 for key US equity factors, based on a set of proxy ETFs. For year-to-date results through yesterday’s close (July 10), iShares Core S&P Small-Cap (IJR) is the top performer with a strong 13.2% total return so far in 2018. A close second-place performer this […]

Consumer Discretionary Sector Widens Lead Over Tech In 2018

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Consumer discretionary stocks continue to lead US equity sectors for year-to-date performances, based on a set of exchange-traded funds through July 3. The former leader, technology, is in second place and has fallen further behind consumer discretionary in recent weeks. Consumer Discretionary Select SPDR (XLY) is up 11.0% so far this year, a modest return […]

Mideast Stocks Dominate World Regional Equity Returns This Year

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Despite ongoing wars and heightened geopolitical tensions in the region, stock markets in the Middle East overall are outperforming the rest of the world so far in 2018, based on a set of exchange-traded funds. WisdomTree Middle East Dividend (GULF) – the lone multi-country regional US-listed ETF for the Mideast – is up 9.3% year […]

Consumer Discretionary Overtakes Tech As Sector Leader In 2018

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Consumer discretionary stocks are now the top-performing sector year to date, based on a set of exchange-traded funds through yesterday’s close (June 14). Although technology shares had been the leading sector in 2018, a strong rally this month in consumer discretionary companies has lifted this slice of the stock market to the top performance slot […]

Momentum Continues To Lead For US Equity Factor Returns

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The US stock market has been on a roller coaster for much of 2018, but the surge in volatility hasn’t derailed momentum’s leadership for US equity factors, based on a set of proxy ETFs. For year-to-date results through last week’s close (May 25), the iShares Edge MSCI USA Momentum Factor (MTUM) still leads the field. […]

Tech Is Still The Momentum Leader For US Equity Sectors

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The US stock market has suffered a rough ride so far in 2018, but technology shares remain the strongest trend performer for the major US equity sectors, based on a set of exchange-traded funds through yesterday’s close (May 22). Technology Select Sector SPDR (XLK) is up 8.8% so far in 2018, edging out the second-strongest […]