Back in late December, the Energy sector was riding high on optimism of a Trump Presidency and the prospect of less regulation in the Energy sector.  Six months, more supply, and -17% later, the sector, like WTI crude oil, is near bear market territory, in what has been an extreme period of underperformance.  The chart below shows the rolling one-year performance spread between the S&P 500 Energy sector and the overall S&P 500.  When the line is above zero it indicates that Energy is outperforming the S&P 500 while a negative reading indicates underperformance.  In the last year alone, the Energy sector has underperformed the S&P 500 by more than 23 percentage points.  While the margin of underperformance was a lot wider during the energy bust a couple of years back, since 1980 there have only been a handful of other periods where the margin of underperformance was this wide.  More recently, since 2000, it has only happened twice.

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