Trading Places with Tom Bowley

Two Of The Strongest Industry Groups Just Keep Getting Stronger


It's no secret that I like finding leading stocks in leading industry groups. In my view, however, THAT is the secret sauce in building a portfolio to outperform the benchmark S&P 500 over time. Of course, there will be hiccups along the way and we've seen those hiccups the past couple weeks as leading growth stocks have been pummeled on a relative basis. In fact, when I looked at last week's action, only two of my favorite industry groups 0f 2020 finished in the Top 20 - home construction ($DJUSHB - 6th) and home improvement retailers ($DJUSHI - 18th). The latter has been particularly strong as you can see from the chart below:

The DJUSHI broke out on both absolute and relative bases, which is a very bullish signal by itself. Also, note the very strong accumulation/distribution line throughout the pandemic and in all of 2020. Institutions have accumulated stocks in this space throughout the year and we're seeing why in the form of higher prices.

One way to find individual stock leaders in a leading industry group is to do your homework, which we do continually at Earnings are a primary driver in the direction of stock prices, so keeping track of companies that beat both revenue and earnings is a great Watch List to build. Currently, we have 210 companies on our Strong Earnings ChartList (210), three of which are home improvement retailers. I'll be featuring my favorite home improvement retailer on Monday morning in our free EB Digest newsletter. In the meantime, if you'd like access to this entire Strong Earnings ChartList, simply subscribe to our free newsletter HERE!

Happy trading!


Tom Bowley
About the author: is the Chief Market Strategist at, where he provides stock market education, guidance, and trading strategies using a unique combination of technical, fundamental, and historical analysis. Tom provides members with four portfolios (Model, Aggressive, Income, and Value), all designed to beat the benchmark S&P 500, and a revolving Watch List of hundreds of companies reporting strong quarterly earnings (must beat both revenue and EPS estimates) and exhibiting technical strength as well. These companies comprise EarningsBeats' annotated Strong Earnings ChartList (SECL), from which Tom trades exclusively. Tom writes a Daily Market Report (DMR) for members to include an executive summary, market outlook, sector/industry watch, and trading ideas. Learn More
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