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Factoid of the Day Monday, August 29, 2016
Year-to-date through 8/26/16, the S&P 500 Index posted a total return of 7.68%, according to Bloomberg. Seven of the 10 major sectors that comprise the index outperformed it over the period. The reason the index's return is lagging that many sectors is because the index is capitalization-weighted and the top five-performing sectors happen to be the smallest five in the index, according to Bespoke Investment Group. The top five sectors, based on total return performance, were as follows as of 8/26/16 (Return/Index Weighting): Telecommunication Services (18.45%/2.67%); Energy (16.48%/7.11%); Utilities (15.53%/3.30%); Materials (13.08%/2.94%); and Industrials (11.05%/9.98%), according to Bloomberg. The five sectors combined represented just 26% of the total market cap of the S&P 500 Index on 8/26/16.
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