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US Equity Markets Remain in “Risk-On” Mode

Despite a slow start to the week, US equity markets remain in “risk-on” mode thus far in 2012. The performance of the top sectors (Financials, Technology and Telecom) are shown in the graph below. These sectors have posted total returns of 9-10% in the first 6 trading weeks of 2012.

The next set of sectors, Consumer Discretionary, Industrials and Materials, have averaged about 8% over the same period:

Lagging behind for the year are Energy, Health Care, Consumer Staples and Utilities, with those last 3 being the classic “risk-off” defensive sectors.

Will the market’s preference for the risk-on trade be the story for 2012, or will 2012 repeat the pattern seen in 2011, where the risk-on sectors led the way early, with the defensive sectors taking control in the second half of the year?

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