A glance at the Diamonds Trust (DIA), which tracks the Dow Jones industrial average, shows that the benchmark-tracking ETF has fallen to a near six-month low, reports Jonathan Bernstein for ETFZone. Year-to-date, DIA is down 6.6%.
The thesis for the lowered optimism toward the Dow revolves around certain economic factors: through-the-roof energy prices, unimpressive employment data, looming inflation, and the $2.8 billion in writedowns at Lehman Brothers (LEH), the nation’s fourth-largest investment bank.
The largest sector represented in the Dow is industrial materials (hence the name, don’t you know), which represents 25% of the index by market capitalization.
The Industrial Select Sector SPDR (XLI) has taken the Dow lower by around 10%, although the sector remains higher than it was three months ago. Year-to-date, it’s down 5.6%.