It made sense to underweight healthcare (XLV) throughout much of 2019, but that's no longer the case. In fact, my proprietary momentum ranking system ranks healthcare behind only technology (XLK) and financials (XLF) in terms of sector momentum. The StockCharts Technical Rank (SCTR) has the same ranking as well:
Those are the top 3 and none of the others are close.
You might be surprised as to the top industry groups under my system....or maybe not.
- Computer hardware ($DJUSCR)
- Home construction ($DJUSHB)
- Semiconductors ($DJUSSC)
While they haven't made it to the top of the list yet, banks ($DJUSBK) and biotechs ($DJUSBT) are rallying very quickly and gaining momentum each and every week. Others that have been strong, but not for long enough to crack the top of the leaderboard, include recreational products ($DJUSRP), health care providers ($DJUSHP), and gambling ($DJUSCA). The latter has just made a very strong breakout, however, on an absolute basis:
On Thursday, I provided our EarningsBeats.com members three potential trading candidates in this area of the market that are showing similar breakouts, ranging from leaders in the group to one company that could be undergoing a "character change" on its chart, moving from a downtrending stock to an uptrending one.
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