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Sector, Industry Trends Revealing Opportunities Again

Gold stocks were back on top last week, though the arena remains highly-speculative (i.e. risky) at this point - little consideration is being given to gold’s fundamentals, utility, and liquidity at these prices. The disparity among the other sectors, however, is revealing a few opportunities (both long and short).

Sector Performance

Sector Performance - Week Ending 05/28/10

Sector Performance - Week Ending 05/28/10

The fact that we saw some sectors gain while others lost ground last week is actually a good sign….. it at least says we’re back in a stock-pickers market. As for the best and worst of last week, we feel in most cases there really is something to the trends than just one good or bad week. In several cases, last week was another chapter in a long, ongoing trend.

Industry Performance

Industry Performance - Week Ending 05/28/10

Industry Performance - Week Ending 05/28/10

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James Brumley is a freelance writer and registered investment advisor. He began his career as a broker with a major Wall Street firm, where fundamentals and long-term holding periods were core strategies. After that, he switched gears completely, becoming an analyst at a short-term trading newsletter that focused on technical analysis. He now manages client money using the best of both philosophies. His company, Bluegrass Portfolio Management, offers investors an opportunity to reap superior returns with minimized risk.