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(Almost) Nowhere to Hide - Sector, Industry Trends Alarming

Sector Performance

There was nowhere to hide last week - all the sectors and groups were down. The ‘least bad’ was gold and technology, while basic materials and transportation took the biggest hits.

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Industry Performance

There were a few safe havens for those who drilled down into industry-level data. Healthcare and food did particularly well, which makes sense given the defensive nature of both. If things go from bad to worse, those arenas may be the only winners now that the buyers have tipped their hand.

There were a couple of themes among the losers too….. real estate and materials used in real estate construction and industrial production. That weakness is starting to turn into a trend.

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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.