When it comes to measuring long-term directional trends, one often-used method is to see whether price is trading above or below the 200-day moving average. The chart below tracks the percentage of S&P 500 Industry Groups trading above their 200-DMAs over the last few years.  After a relatively sharp decline off of highs earlier this year, we’ve seen a strong rebound in this reading.  In fact, just Friday, the percentage topped 80% for the first time since late February.

The table below lists each of the 24 S&P 500 Industry groups along with their YTD percent change as well as where each one is trading relative to its 200-DMA.  Topping the list as of Friday’s close is Retailing, which is up over 30% on the year and is now more than 20% above its 200-DMA.  Besides Retailing, the only other Industry Group more than 10% above its 200-DMA is Software & Services (13.32%), and the only other Industry Groups up over 10% on the year are Software & Services, Health Care Equipment & Svcs, and Tech Hardware.  To the downside, not a single Industry Group is currently trading more than 5% below its 200-DMA, and only two are down more than 10% YTD (Household & Personal Products and Telecom Services). That compares to seven Industry Groups that are trading above their 200-DMAs.

 

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