Analyzing Outliers in the Consumer Space

S&P 500 versus S&P 500 Staples and S&P 500 Discretionary

The S&P Consumer Staples sector started the new year slightly outperforming the S&P 500 as a whole, -0.61% to -1.3%. On the other hand, S&P Consumer Discretionary stocks returned -1.9%. The S&P 500 Consumer Staples sector is usually a relatively safe investment.

S&P Consumer Discretionary stocks have an annualized return of 11.0% which is much higher than the 1.9% and 7.2% returns of the S&P 500 and the S&P 500 Consumer Staples stocks, respectively.

Analyzing Outliers in the Consumer Space

 Top gainers on January 5, 2016

The top-gaining stocks as of January 5, 2016, are as follows:

  • Vista Outdoor (VSTO) rose by 3.1% with the new gun-ownership rules in the United States.
  • Harman International Industries (HAR) rose by 3.1% with its developments in products and technology.
  • Reynolds American (RAI) rose by 3.0% with its creation of a new subsidiary, RAI Innovation Company.
  • Sony (SNE) rose by 3.0% with the increase of its PlayStation 4 software sales in the 2015 holiday season.

In the articles to come, we will take a look at the the above stocks’ performances, price movements, and latest quarterly results.

The Consumer Staples Select Sector SPDR ETF (XLP) tracks a market-cap–weighted index of consumer staples stocks that are drawn from the S&P 500 Index. XLP is the ETF of consumer goods.