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Technology & Financials
Technology shares were weaker again today, with Technology Select Sector SPDR ETF (XLK) falling by 50 bps, while the Financials Select SPDR ETF (XLF) rose by 80 bps. The rotation in the market continues with the theme, rotate out of Tech, reaching into different parts of the market. With Biotech being the recipient a few weeks back, and now it appears to be the Financials turn.
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With the Dollar continuing to weaken one has to wonder at what point money will begin to flow into the material group. The Materials Select Sector SPDR (XLB) has had a decent year, down slightly versus the S&P 500, but significantly underperformed the S&P 500.
The Dollar index closed lower again today, and now sits at 92.94, and is down nearly 10 percent on the year. A weakening Dollar has a ripple effect globally, making US based multinational and the emerging markets (EEM) more attractive. Meanwhile, a weak Dollar makes the Yen strong and hurts Japanese equities and European multinational less competitivity.
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