Treasury bonds sold off last week due to a sudden spike in interest rates:
Initially, the stock market reacted negatively to the Treasury bond sell-off, but strong earnings by technology companies, such as Amazon, re-ignited the stock market rally.
The technology sector is the strongest performer right now, but the market rally is broad-based, which we think is long-term bullish for equities. Other sectors with strong momentum include materials, cyclicals, industrials, and financials.
We’d like to highlight here the three leading investment funds in our survey of Fidelity sector funds, the Fidelity Select Semiconductors (technology), Fidelity Select Chemicals (materials) and the Fidelity Select Automotive (cyclicals) funds.
The charts show that the bull market advanced with virtually no interruption over the last 12 months. We think that the recent excitement about tax reform in Washington is not fully priced in yet, consequently, these investments representing the three leading sectors can continue to advance through December of this year.
So far in 2017 investors favored high risk, high reward investments, and have been “buying on the dip”. To illustrate, we show here the charts of the Fidelity Select Defense and Aerospace (industrials sector) and the Fidelity Select Financial Services (financials sector) funds.
The arrows indicate opportunities for purchasing these investment funds after pullbacks:
The energy, telecom, and consumer staples sectors continue to lag the market. The weakest investment in our survey is the Fidelity Select Multimedia fund that primarily invests in cable companies and content providers: