Retail ETFs Making New Highs as Economy Improves

ETF Trends

Sector ETFs tracking consumer discretionary and retail stocks continue to log new record highs as investors position for a recovering economy.

Meanwhile, the relative strength of these ETFs relative to the overall market is a positive sign for the rally in U.S. equities.

“Consumer Discretionary Select Sector SPDR (XLY) made new all-time price and relative highs on Friday. Today is seeing a healthy pullback following last week’s strength,” said Investors Intelligence technical analyst Tarquin Coe in a note Monday. [Retail ETFs Rally on Heavy Volume]

“The fact that this area continues to break higher is a sign that the overall market is not yet ripe for a correction. If a top was at hand then this area would be printing a bearish relative divergence,” he added.

The S&P 500 continues to wrestle with the key 1,500 mark as the bulls hope for a breakout above the all-time high from 2007.

For the trailing 12 months, the consumer discretionary fund XLY is up 24.5% compared with a gain of 15.9% for SPDR S&P 500 ETF (SPY), according to Morningstar.

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