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Trading Strategy – Utilities Select Sector SPDR ETF

  Defensive stocks were under tremendous selling pressure as the yield on the benchmark 10-year Treasury note inched higher to 2.94 percent.  Higher interest rates tend to make high-dividend yielders less attractive versus the relative stability of high-quality bonds.  The Utilities Select Sector SPDR ETF (XLU) fell 3 percent for the week, bringing its YTD …[read more]

Trading Strategy – Utilities Select Sector SPDR ETF

  One of the noteworthy developments in recent days has been the move in defensive stocks. Defensive sectors, which still offer a higher yield than the overall market, although the gap between their yields and the 10-year’s has narrowed significantly, if not completely.  Yield on the 10-year Treasury note closed higher at 3 percent, a …[read more]

Trading Strategy – Utilities Select Sector SPDR ETF

  One of the noteworthy developments in recent days has been the move in defensive stocks.  The group was under selling pressure in recent days as it’s all but certain that the Federal Reserve will increase interest rates several times in 2018.  After a lack luster 2017 that saw the Utilities Select Sector SPDR ETF …[read more]

Trading Strategy – Utilities Select Sector SPDR ETF

  One of the more noteworthy developments in recent days has been the move in defensive stocks.  After a lack luster 2017 that saw the Utilities Select Sector SPDR ETF (XLU) added just 8.5 percent, underperformed the S&P by a wide margin, the late January selloff pushed the ETF below its 2017 lows, down more …[read more]

Trading Strategy –  Utilities Select Sector SPDR ETF

  One of the more noteworthy developments in recent days has been the move in interest rate sensitive groups.  The Utilities Select Sector SPDR ETF (XLU) fell nearly 13 percent from the November highs, underperformed the S&P by a wide margin.  Now the question is whether the late 2017 selloff has more legs?  Below is …[read more]

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