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US Sector Performance in Q1 2012: Financials, Technology and Consumer Discretionary Stocks Outperform

It was “risk-on” in Q1 2012 in the US Stock Market, as Information Technology, Financial, and Consumer Discretionary stocks led the way with returns of 13-15%:

Five sectors earned less spectacular returns of 3-5%: Health Care, Telecom, Consumer Staples, Industrials and Materials:

Energy and Utility stocks earned returns of -3%, as oil and natural gas prices softened considerably. Note how Energy was a big gainer until late February:

Thus far 2012 has been more or less a carbon copy of 2011. More speculative sectors led the way early, fueled by Fed chatter of endless rounds of Quantitative Easing. The question is, of course, will investors rotate into safer sectors later in the year, as they did in 2011’s version of Sell in May and Go Away, or will the Fed-fueled bull market conditions persist for the summer and fall?

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