Market Update: Defensives Up, Equities Down, and Risk Flatlining
We are seeing continued outperformance by defensive sectors such as utilities, while equities pull back.
Well, a little less than a week later we are seeing continued outperformance by defensive sectors such as utilities, while equities pull back. In the chart below, I have plotted price from the 9/14 S&P 500 (INDEXSP:.INX) highs for the utilities, small caps (NYSEARCA:IWM), and S&P 500. It is clear that deterioration began last week and followed through this week. Just look at the drop and underperformance of the high beta/risk small caps.
Using the S&P 500 to gauge the broader market, I am seeing initial technical support at 1440, then 1430. But those are the obvious traditional lateral supports. I'm also seeing the potential for an A-B-C measured move to 1420ish (the initial breakout area). A sustained move under 1420 would likely cause technical damage that would need some time to repair.
Trade safe, trade disciplined.
Editor's Note: Andrew Nyquist is an independent investor based in the Minneapolis area. This article originally appeared on his investing and economics site, See It Market.
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