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Utilities: Leaders and Laggards Last Week

Vincent Kruger
Utilities: Leaders and Laggards Last Week

US utility stocks have been sluggish for the last few months. Utilities that are sensitive to the interest rate have been on a downward streak since December 2017 mainly due to tax reforms, rate hikes, and valuation concerns. Utilities continued their downtrend last week. The Utilities Select Sector SPDR ETF (XLU) fell more than 1%, while broader markets rose more than 2% during the week.