“Financials had the lowest relative valuations of any sector in Q2, based on its low price-to-earnings (P/E) and price-to-book (P/B) ratios,” Chisholm said. “Telecom also looked compelling on a P/E basis, but mixed on other metrics. Technology valuations have moved modestly above their historical averages due to strong recent outperformance.”
Investors can also look to the Fidelity MSCI Financials Index ETF (NYSEArca: FNCL) and Fidelity MSCI Telecommunication Services Index ETF (NYSEArca: FCOM) to gain exposure to these two market sectors.
Those who are less inclined to play the value game and lean more toward high momentum growth may like to keep an eye on technology, healthcare and discretionary companies, which have maintained their high relative strength. Relative strength, or momentum, reflects the price performance of a security compared to the market average, another security or a universe of securities and is a way of recording historic price performance patterns. The relative strength reading improves if it rises more than the benchmark in an uptrend or if it decreases less than the benchmark in a downtrend. Basically, it is a way of picking out high-flying stocks that fly even higher.
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“Technology led the pack through the first half of 2017, despite a pullback recently,” Chisholm said. “Health Care rallied late in Q2, and Consumer Discretionary posted solid returns relative to the broader market. On the other hand, Energy and Telecom lagged. Financials also trailed the S&P 500 despite a more-recent turnaround.”