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Equity Strategies Group-Level Analysis Of The Equity Markets

Sep 05 2020

“Reliable” Health Care And The Presidential Election

  • Sep 5, 2020

Health Care has been resilient this year, but will that continue in the run-up to the presidential election?  We look at the performance of the Attractively-ranked industry groups and how they have historically performed leading up to an election and post-election. 

Sep 05 2020

Sector Rankings

  • Sep 5, 2020

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.

Aug 06 2020

Housing Groups Heat Up

  • Aug 6, 2020

A major driver of the division in recent performance among retail groups has been the burgeoning “nesting” theme. Stuck at home, consumers are directing their dollars toward indoor and outdoor home upgrades. A related theme has now established itself in the upper rankings of our group work—Housing.

Aug 06 2020

Sector Rankings With Attractive/High Neutral And Unattractive Industry Groups

  • Aug 6, 2020

There was no movement among the sector rankings. 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.

Jul 08 2020

Retail’s Winners And Losers Of The Pandemic

  • Jul 8, 2020

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.

Jul 08 2020

Sector Rankings With Attractive/High Neutral And Unattractive Industry Groups

  • Jul 8, 2020

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.

Jun 05 2020

S&P 500 Sector Leaders Since Market Top

  • Jun 5, 2020

Since the market peak on February 19th the S&P 500 Health Care sector is down only 1.1%. Among the S&P 500 sector indexes, Health Care and Consumer Discretionary are the performance leaders.

Jun 05 2020

Pockets Of Strength Among Discretionary Industries

  • Jun 5, 2020

A brief overview of two (very different) Attractively-rated Discretionary groups that are longstanding SI portfolio holdings that have managed to maintain their “Attractiveness” throughout the tumult.

Jun 05 2020

Sector Rankings

  • Jun 5, 2020

For the third consecutive month, Health Care, Communication Services, and Information Technology remain the top-three rated sectors (out of eleven total). Materials moved up to 7th place from 9th, while Utilities declined from 8th place to last, with Real Estate and Energy the next lowest rated.

May 07 2020

Robust Health Care Leads Since Market Peak

  • May 7, 2020

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.

May 07 2020

Sector Rankings

  • May 7, 2020

For the second consecutive month, Health Care, Communication Services, and Information Technology remain the top-three rated sectors. Consumer Discretionary and Financials swapped spots and are ranked 4th and 5th, respectively. Real Estate joined Materials and Energy to rank at the bottom.

Apr 07 2020

Popular Low/Minimum Volatility Strategies Disappoint

  • Apr 7, 2020

During the peak-to-trough market drawdown through mid-March, some of the most popular Low/Min Vol ETFs did not perform as anticipated. Stable and boring businesses, that weather downturns relatively well, are facing atypical vulnerabilities.

Apr 07 2020

Sector Rankings

  • Apr 7, 2020

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.

Mar 06 2020

Group Ideas For Tumultuous Times

  • Mar 6, 2020

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.

Mar 06 2020

Sector Rankings

  • Mar 6, 2020

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.

Feb 06 2020

Stocks And The U.S. Presidential Election Cycle

  • Feb 6, 2020

Our equity research typically focuses at the sector and industry group levels, thus, in this analysis, we drill down and explore the presidential effect on a more granular level to see what interesting equity trends may have transpired in the past cycles.

Feb 06 2020

Sector Rankings

  • Feb 6, 2020

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.

Jan 07 2020

Sector Rankings

  • Jan 7, 2020

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.

Jan 07 2020

Industry Returns: The Decade’s Winners & Losers

  • Jan 7, 2020

This “decade in review” edition examines the performance of sectors and industries, looking at the best and worst groups to reveal the stories they have to tell.

Dec 06 2019

Seeing Construction Materials’ True Colors

  • Dec 6, 2019

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.