Sector Comparisons

by Jay Pestrichelli on August 9th, 2012

As the market is a mere 1.2% away from a new high this year, we thought it would make sense to take a look at which sectors are performing the best and the worst. We’ll use the SPY (S&P 500 ETF) as the benchmark and compare it to the SPDR Sector ETFs.

Best performers over the past 12 months:
  • Consumer Discretionary: XLY (+25.3%)
  • Technology: XLK (+24.8%)
  • Healthcare: XLV (+23.4%)
  • Consumer Staples: XLP (21.7%)
  • S&P 500 (Benchmark): SPY (+19.6%)
Worst performers of the past 12 months:
  • S&P 500 (Benchmark): SPY (+19.6%)
  • Financials: XLF (+14.1%)
  • Energy: XLE (+9.6%)
  • Materials: XLB (+6.3%)
As a general practice, we also like to compare to  some other asset classes. Here’s how equities are holding up against Gold, Treasuries, and the Euro:
  • S&P 500 (Benchmark): SPY (+19.6%)
  • Long-term Treasuries: TLT (+18.2%)
  • Gold: GLD (-7.3%)
  • Euro/Dollar: FXE (-14%)

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