The S&P 500 Information Technology sector has just broken out to a 15-year relative strength high, and it jumped two spots to the top scoring broad sector position. The breakout in Tech provides a rare example in which foreign market action presaged a major domestic move.
Over the past three months the Tech sector has strengthened in our work, as it’s risen back to the #3 position. In line with our disciplines, we increased the Select Industries Portfolio’s Tech exposure via the addition of a new, high-ranking group: Technology Distributors.
All ten of the S&P 500 sectors recorded a sequential increase in four-quarter trailing net profit margins. But consider where sector margins stand today relative to their 25-year medians. Eight of ten S&P 500 sectors are recording profit margins well above their long-term medians.
We’ve held this group since August 2012. Its GS Score has continued to improve and currently ranks second out of 120 groups. Solid factor readings, coupled with a brightening fundamental picture in both the industry and the sector, keep us invested in this space.