Exchange traded funds that invest in the consumer discretionary sector posted gains Wednesday despite the carnage in Staples (NasdaqGS: SPLS) shares and disappointing earnings from Target (NYSE: TGT).
Consumer Discretionary Select Sector SPDR Fund (NYSEArca: XLY) gained 1.2% on Wednesday while component Staples plunged 15%. [Consumer Discretionary ETFs Fight Weakness in Target, Staples]
The consumer ETF “failed to threaten its 50-day exponential moving average with the recent rout,” said Tarquin Coe, technical analyst at Investors Intelligence.
“That behavior, from a sector that has provided leadership since equities bottomed in early 2009, adds confidence to the assumption that the recent sell-off is nothing more than a healthy correction,” he wrote in a subscriber note Wednesday.
“Once a bull run is mature, upside leaders will head the field to the downside. Hence, if markets were topping out this sector would have got hammered over the past few weeks,” the analyst said. “There was no evidence of that and consequently we maintain our bullish stance.”