Equity Strategies Group-Level Analysis Of The Equity Markets
The GS Scores help Leuthold Select Industries portfolio identify underappreciated themes that can turn into multi-year holdings. Managed Health Care has been a holding for over 13 years, while Semiconductor Equipment (seven years), and Homebuilding (six years) have also been long-term winning positions.
Energy, Health Care, and Information Technology kick-off 2023 at top of our sector scores. Energy and Health Care have resided in the 1st and 2nd spots, respectively, for the last three months. Info Tech moved up from the 6th spot in October to 3rd this month. Consumer Discretionary, Real Estate, and Utilities are the lowest rated for the second consecutive month.
Energy has solidified its spot atop the GS Scores; it’s by far the highest-rated sector and counts three underlying groups among the top-ten industries out of all the sectors. Valuations have only improved amid steady outperformance, and renewed capital discipline looks to remain for the foreseeable future.
It’s that time again when S&P and MSCI reevaluate the Global Industry Classification Standard (GICS) to determine if any changes are warranted. We have a more vested interest in these changes than most, as GICS is the backbone for our industry structure that feeds into the Group Selection (GS) Scores.
Energy, Financials, and Information Technology remain at the top of our sector scores. Real Estate made the largest advance as it moved from the 11th ranking to 8th. Communication Services has now dropped to sit among the bottom three (9th spot), joining Consumer Discretionary and Industrials at 10th and 11th, respectively.
Not much has changed at the top of our sector rankings in recent months, with Financials, Energy, and Info Tech in the top three positions. But, we have seen a very rapid decline with two sectors, Consumer Discretionary and Industrials. Over the past several months, these cyclical sectors have sunk to the bottom of our ratings. Here we take a look at what has caused this dramatic drop.