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  Sector Performance Via Market Cap. (2020-2021 and YTD-8/12/22)
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View from the Observation Deck 
 
  1. All three S&P stock indices in the table above recently shifted from bear market territory to down less than 10.00% year-to-date through 8/12/22.   
  2. A correction is usually defined as a 10.00% to 19.99% decline in the price of a security or index from its most recent peak. A bear market is defined as a 20.00% or greater decline in the price of a security or index.    
  3. As of the close on 8/12/22, the S&P 500 Index stood 10.77% below its all-time closing high, according to Bloomberg. The S&P MidCap 400 and S&P SmallCap 600 Indices stood 10.16% and 12.16% below their respective all-time highs. 
  4. The three major indices featured in the table comprise the S&P Composite 1500 Index, which represents approximately 90% of total U.S. equity market capitalization (cap), according to S&P Dow Jones Indices. 
  5. Large-cap stocks performed significantly better than their mid- and small-cap counterparts from 2020-2021 (black columns). YTD through 8/12/22, large-caps lagged the performance of mid-caps and small-caps (see table above). From 12/31/19 through 8/12/22 (period covered in the table that captures the COVID-19 pandemic), the S&P 500, S&P MidCap 400 and S&P SmallCap 600 Indices posted cumulative total returns of 38.16%, 31.70% and 30.79%, respectively, according to Bloomberg. 
  6. Sector performance can vary widely by market cap (see table). Three of the more extreme cases from 2020-2021 include Information Technology, Real Estate and Utilities. So far in 2022, it is Communication Services, Health Care, Materials and Utilities. 
  7. As of the close on 8/15/22, the percentage of stocks in the S&P 500, S&P MidCap 400 and S&P SmallCap 600 Indices trading above their 50-day moving averages were 91%, 87% and 84%, respectively.
  8. The percentage of stocks in the S&P 500, S&P MidCap 400 and S&P SmallCap 600 Indices trading above their 200-day moving averages were 45%, 51% and 49%, respectively.   
  9. Moving averages tend to smooth out day-to-day price fluctuations and can be a useful tool for traders and investors to identify both positive trends and reversals, in our opinion.
  10. Click here to see where things stood two months ago on 6/16/22.
 
This chart is for illustrative purposes only and not indicative of any actual investment. The illustration excludes the effects of taxes and brokerage commissions and other expenses incurred when investing. Investors cannot invest directly in an index. The S&P 500 Index is an unmanaged index of 500 companies used to measure large-cap U.S. stock market performance. The S&P MidCap 400 Index is a capitalization-weighted index that tracks the mid-range sector of the U.S. stock market. The S&P SmallCap 600 Index is a capitalization-weighted index that tracks U.S. stocks with a small market capitalization. The 11 major sector indices are capitalization-weighted and comprised of S&P 500, S&P MidCap 400 and S&P SmallCap 600 constituents representing a specific sector.
 
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