Sector ETFs tracking consumer discretionary and retail stocks continue to log new record highs as investors position for a recovering economy.
Meanwhile, the relative strength of these ETFs relative to the overall market is a positive sign for the rally in U.S. equities.
“Consumer Discretionary Select Sector SPDR (NYSEArca: XLY) made new all-time price and relative highs on Friday. Today is seeing a healthy pullback following last week’s strength,” said Investors Intelligence technical analyst Tarquin Coe in a note Monday. [Retail ETFs Rally on Heavy Volume]
“The fact that this area continues to break higher is a sign that the overall market is not yet ripe for a correction. If a top was at hand then this area would be printing a bearish relative divergence,” he added.
The S&P 500 continues to wrestle with the key 1,500 mark as the bulls hope for a breakout above the all-time high from 2007.
For the trailing 12 months, the consumer discretionary fund XLY is up 24.5% compared with a gain of 15.9% for SPDR S&P 500 ETF (NYSEArca: SPY), according to Morningstar.
Consumer Discretionary Select Sector SPDR
Full disclosure: Tom Lydon’s clients own SPY.