Bulls made a number of attempts to close the market higher today, but in the end, the bears won out, sending the S&P 500 lower for the fourth day in a row.  We’ve just sent out our weekly Sector Snapshot to Premium and Institutional members.  Please click here to view a sample of the report.

Below are two charts pulled from this week’s Sector Snapshot.  The first is a simple trading range screen for the S&P 500 and its ten sectors.

As shown, the S&P 500 has pulled just below its 50-day this week, and eight of ten sectors are below their 50-days as well.  Consumer Discretionary and Health Care are the two sectors that remain above their 50-days, but as you can see, they’re fading quickly.

Energy and Consumer Staples have bucked the overall trend and headed higher within their trading ranges this week.  Energy is definitely a sector to keep an eye on here as it continues to build a nice base.

Below is a chart showing the percentage of stocks in each sector that are trading above their 50-day moving averages.  This is a good long-term breadth indicator, and one-year charts for each sector are included in our Sector Snapshot each week.  As shown, 48% of stocks in the S&P 500 are above their 50-days, which is a pretty healthy reading given where the index is in relation to its own 50-day.  Four sectors have readings that are better than the S&P 500 as a whole: Health Care, Consumer Discretionary, Financials and Energy.  A few months ago the Energy sector was at the bottom of the barrel (pardon the pun) in relation to other sectors, but at the moment it’s acting as a market leader.  Utilities, on the other hand, is a market laggard, with just 3.3% of its stocks above their 50-days.

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