As of the close today, just 16% of the stocks in the S&P 500 are trading above their 50-day moving averages.  Below is a chart of this measure over the last year.  As shown, only the crash last August saw a similarly violent move down to these deeply oversold levels.


Of the ten S&P 500 sectors, four now have readings below the 10% level — Energy, Industrials, Technology and Telecom.  Health Care and Materials are both right at 11%.  The two sectors holding up the best are Utilities and Consumer Staples. Unsurprisingly, these are the two most defensive sectors of the market.



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