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Staples are unstable
Consumer Staples hit a 52-week low on Wednesday even while the broader market holds up. The only times in more than 90 years we’ve seen this to this degree were in 1993 and 1999, which led to gains over the medium-term.
Times with similar performance across all sectors led to mixed returns with no clear pattern.
Energy sizzles after long slump
The Energy sector has declined to one of its lowest weights in the S&P 500 in nearly 30 years, making up less than 6% of the index. Wednesday’s rally was the best in more than six months, which has led to further gains. It has also tended to rally after a big jump following a slump to a six-month low.
Change of character?
The Optimism Index for the Staples ETF, XLP, sunk below 7 for the 22nd time since the 2009 bottom.
Speaking of character
The Optimism Index on the crude oil ETF, USO, jumped above 90. In the fund’s history, it has struggled after similarly high readings, adding to gains over the next three days only 40% of the time according to the Backtest Engine.
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The post titled Unstable Staples Lead To Energy Bounce was originally published as on SentimenTrader.com on 2018-03-22.
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