Although Discretionary stocks broadly underperformed during October’s market decline, prominent amongst the very top industry group performers was a rather unexpected genre of industries—brick & mortar retail. Not only did this cohort hold up during October’s tumult, but many of the underlying stocks have been posting strong returns all year.
Household Products and Drug Retail are this week's best groups. Oil & Gas Exploration & Production and Airlines were this week's worst groups.
Drug retail scraped out a respectible 2.5% (through July 9th) on a down market week to up their YTD to 18%.
Select Industries had no group deactivations again this month, but we trimmed a few groups and added Commodity Chemicals. All group holdings currently rate Attractive. Global Industries had no changes. Emerging Electric Utilities, which we added last month, was the second best performing group in March.
Select Industries had no group deactivations this month, and we made no significant changes to our group weights. All group holdings currently rate Attractive. Global Industries eliminated our longest tenured group, Regional Banks, which we held for two years. We added Emerging Electric Utilities, which is our first EM oriented group since June 2013.