Chart in Focus: Returns from Top US Sectors



Total return comparison

US utilities (XLU) have turned from leaders to laggards in the past three months due to the increased possibility of an interest rate hike by the Fed. A correction of more than 10% since July has also dented the total return performance of utilities. The chart below gives a total return comparison of top US sectors.

Remember, total return considers the stock appreciation along with dividends distributed during a particular time period.


By comparison, broader markets (SPY) have returned nearly 9% in the past year, underperforming utilities, while technology shares (XLK) have consistently performed well in any period under consideration.

In the next part, we’ll analyze technical indicators for utilities going forward.

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