The S&P 500 ended up closing down about 0.50% today but still remains within 3% of its record high in July.  The chart below shows where each of the S&P 500’s Industry Groups are trading with respect to their own 52-week highs.  While the S&P 500 is less than 3% from its high, the majority of Industry Groups are down at least 5% from their own highs.  Leading the way to the downside, Energy has been the clear loser with a decline of 27.3%.  Behind Energy, just two other groups (Transportation and Autos & Parts) — which are both cyclical in nature — are down over 10%.  In terms of Industry Groups that have held up the best, they are mostly defensive in nature with Utilities, Food & Staples Retail, Consumer Durables, Telecom Services, and Real Estate all trading within 2% of their respective highs. Start a two-week free trial to Bespoke Institutional to access all of our research and our popular interactive Chart Scanner and Trend Analyzer tools.

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