Equity Strategies Group-Level Analysis Of The Equity Markets
There was some movement among the sector rankings. While Health Care, Information Technology, and Communication Services remained the top-three rated sectors (out of eleven total), Consumer Staples advanced to the 4th spot from 6th and Financials dropped to the 8th position from 5th. The bottom-three rated sectors, Real Estate, Energy, and Utilities are the same as last month.
Following the market bottom, the rebound across retail industries has been robust, but a divide has emerged. Consumers’ needs and behaviors have dramatically shifted as former lifestyles were uprooted. This swift change in economics has resulted in clearly-defined sets of winners and losers among retail industries.
There was minimal movement among the sector rankings. The only two to shift positions were Industrials and Materials, with the former dropping to 8th from 7th place and the latter rising to 7th place from 8th. Health Care, Communication Services, and Information Technology are the top-three rated sectors (out of eleven total). The bottom-three rated sectors are Real Estate, Energy, and Utilities.
Health Care has been the best performing sector following mid-February’s market peak. Its robust relative performance during this bear market isn’t terribly surprising given the sector’s defensive qualities, but it has impressively outpaced other safe haven areas.
For the third consecutive month, Health Care and Information Technology remain among the top three rated sectors. Financials dropped from second to fourth and Communication Services took its spot as #2 (up from 5th). Consumer Staples has improved to 6th from the 8th position. Utilities, Materials, and Energy continue to rank at the bottom.
The economic outlook has turned increasingly cautionary, investors are on edge, and the search for yield persists. Because the typical defensive/high-yielding plays are generally both expensive and unappealing in our group work, we highlight several less conventional groups that may be poised to outperform.
For the second consecutive month, the top-three rated sectors are Health Care, Financials, and Information Technology. Real Estate has improved to 6th from the 8th lowest and is now more attractive than Industrials and Consumer Staples sectors. Utilities and Energy have ranked among the three-lowest rated positions for twelve consecutive months; they are joined by Materials—which has ranked among the bottom-four spots for twelve months running.
The top-three rated sectors are Financials, Health Care, and Information Technology, the same as last month. Real Estate moved out of the bottom three rankings after a one-month stay and Materials edged back in following its one-month respite. Utilities and Energy round out the bottom, which have placed among the lowest rated now for eleven consecutive months.
The top-two rated sectors are Financials and Information Technology. Health Care advanced to rank #3, while Communication Services—among the top-three positions since July—was bumped down to #5. Real Estate, which ranked highly in the top three just six months ago, deteriorated to the 9th lowest (out of eleven broad sectors). Materials edged out of the bottom three ranks after nine consecutive months, while Utilities and Energy have now been among the bottom three positions for ten months in a row.
Construction Materials moved to an Attractive rating, fueled by growth and price momentum. Surprisingly, digging into the numbers revealed it to have lower beta dynamics. Based on this, we examined the cyclical nature of the group to better understand the impact it may have on overall portfolio cyclicality.