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All Major Sectors of S&P 500 post Gains in July

We used the Economatica system to examine year-to-date monthly returns across sectors of the S&P 500. For the purpose of this particular analysis we chose the SPDR Sector ETFs to represent the key sector categories.

We found that the month of July was the first month in which all of the sectors in the sample performed positively. The highest return in July belongs to the SPDR Industrial Select Sector ETF, which returned 7.39%. The second highest was posted by the SPDR Health Care Select Sector ETF, which returned 6.55%, and the third highest spot was grabbed by SPDR Financial Select Sector ETF with 5.11%.

On the flip side of this, February marks the only month in which all the sectors posted negative returns. The worst performer was the SPDR Energy Select Sector ETF, which posted -10.84% for the month of February, followed by SPDR Consumer Staples Select Sector ETF with a -7.63%, and SPDR Materials Select Sector ETF which returned -5.27%.

Overall, the best performing month for the group was January, with the median return being 5.37%. Only the SPDR Utilities Select Sector ETF posted a negative returned in the month of January. Following January, July comes in second with a median return of 2.86% for the group. The worst performing month overall for the group was February, which returned a median -3.88%.

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