New developments have lifted sentiment toward oil and Energy names, but we caution bottom-fishers to be mindful of risks. The fundamentals in the oil patch do not yet support strong oil prices going forward.
The Attractive quintile of the GS Scores became more defensive in nature; the six groups that were downgraded all sported a cyclical business model. The SI portfolio’s Homebuilding group was deactivated after its GS Score strength deteriorated fairly quickly during its disappointingly short tenure.
Financials rose in December to rank #1 among sectors for the first time since the start of the financial crisis. In-line with our quantitative disciplines, we added a new Financials group to the Select Industries Portfolio: Regional Banks.