This morning marks the seventh anniversary of the S&P 500 making its bear market low from the Financial crisis. With that, we wanted to quickly highlight which sectors have driven the gains since the low that seems in some ways like just yesterday but in other ways like a long time ago. The chart below shows the performance of the ten S&P 500 sectors over the last seven years. Over that time, the S&P 500 is up an astounding 192.6%. While every sector has gone along for the ride, Consumer Discretionary literally stands above the rest with a gain of 377.5%. That’s nearly double the return of the overall market! In addition to Consumer Discretionary, other sectors that have outperformed include Financials (251.4%), Industrials (247.4%), Technology (245.3%), and Health Care (205.5%). On the other side of the ledger, the biggest laggard during the last seven years has been Energy (43.1%), which has seen less than half the gain of the second biggest underperformer, Telecom Services (90.3%).
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