With oil prices continuing to plunge, the Energy sector is now officially the smallest of the eleven major sectors in the S&P 1500, which is made up of large-caps, mid-caps, and small-caps. Energy makes up just 2.63% of the S&P 1500, which is 2 basis points lower than the next smallest sector — Materials — at 2.65%. Real Estate and Utilities are the next smallest sectors with weightings of 3.41% and 3.49%, respectively.
At the top of the food chain is Technology with a weighting of 24.78%, or about 10x the size of Energy. Health Care ranks second at 15.71%. Combined, Technology and Health Care make up more than 40% of the S&P 1500 in this new post-Covid world. The seven smallest sectors have a combined weighting that is still less than the weighting of Tech and Health Care.
Even more remarkable is how big some of the largest individual companies are compared to entire sectors of the economy. Below we show the market cap of the entire S&P 1500 Energy, Materials, Real Estate, and Utilities sectors versus the market caps of the four largest stocks in the S&P 1500 — Microsoft (MSFT), Apple (AAPL), Amazon (AMZN), and Alphabet (GOOGL). Microsoft is now nearly two times as large as the entire Energy and Materials sectors, or put another way, the entire Energy and Materials sectors combined are just barely larger than Microsoft (MSFT). Apple and Amazon as well are both larger than the four smallest sectors of the market. And for Alphabet (GOOGL), its market cap puts it right in between the size of the entire Materials and Real Estate sectors. Combined, the four largest stocks make up about 17% of the S&P 1500, while the four smallest sectors in the index make up just 12.2% of the index. There are 339 individual stocks across the four smallest sectors in the S&P 1500. Start a two-week free trial to Bespoke Institutional to access our full range of research and interactive tools.