Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Financials Struggle to Establish Momentum

Further to my recent comments in The Energy and Materials Rally, I thought it might be interesting to show the relative performance of the financial sector (XLF) versus the SPX. The chart below shows that while the financials helped to drag down the SPX over the past six months or so, it also reveals that any gains that the SPX has been able to make over the past 2-3 weeks have been without the participation of the financial sector.

I am of the opinion that while the technology (XLK) and industrial (XLI) sectors can provide leadership in any bull move up from current levels, such a move will be severely hampered and likely short-lived without the participation of the financial (XLF) and consumer discretionary (XLY) stocks.

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