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Participation In Rally Broadens Among Sectors

Equities move higher, but different sectors of the market are beginning to out-pace the Mag 7.

Last week we saw small cap stocks, which have been in a two-year slump relative to other equity asset classes, make new 52-week highs in what seems to be a breakout move. Mid-cap stocks also made new all-time highs. In addition, several equity sectors that have lagged Technology, such as Transports, Materials, and Retail, made new all-time highs. The point is that other sectors and asset classes are participating in the rally. The numbers, especially in small caps, seem justified as earnings growth just pulled out of a 4-quarter slump.


The spread between high yield credit bond and treasuries is very attractive and not near the levels seen just prior to previous bear markets.

Meanwhile, the Fed’s preferred inflation metric, the PCE Price Index, was flat month-over-month last week and still lower year-over-year. We saw Personal Income exceed expectations last week and Personal Spending was flat, but still healthy. The S&P 500 Index is not exhibiting the type of growth that we have seen relative to prior bubbles. That doesn’t mean we’ve seen the last of volatility. The record streak of weekly wins will end at some point with a volatility increase.

 

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