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Globe’s Dullest Sector is Effortlessly Beating the S&P 500

The ho-hum utilities sector is the antithesis of popular stocks like Netflix (NasdaqGS:NFLX) and Tesla (NasdaqGS:TSLA). It’s a hyper un-sexy industry sector that’s been long associated with widows and orphans, rather than hotshot entrepreneurs who like to build rocket ships in the office parking lot. And guess what? The widows and orphans are beating the hotshots!

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Is it Time for Stock Market Investors to Play Defense?

The U.S. stock market has gained five consecutive years and 9 out of the past 10 years. Put another way, an offensive oriented aggressive approach toward stocks has worked like a charm. Is it time for investors to start playing defense?

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The consumers staples sector (NYSEARCA:XLP) is one industry sector for investing in stocks defensively.

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A Boring Sector with Spectacular Results

“If investing is entertaining, if you’re having fun, you’re probably not making any money. Good investing is boring,” observed George Soros. Which sector of the stock market fits that description?

“Boring” is the one adjective that aptly describes the ho-hum utilities (NYSEARCA:XLU) sector. This particular segment of the stock market has been long associated with orphans and widows who have little appetite for risk and a big need for steady dividend income.

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What Stock Market Sectors are Gaining the Most from Low Rates?

We can officially count 2014 as another bad year for Wall Street’s investment strategists.

Not only were they dead wrong about their prediction that interest rates would rise. They were also wrong about bond prices crashing. And 2014 isn’t yet over, yet with moxie and bravado, Wall Street is already predicting higher interest rates for 2015.

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3 Industry Sectors Vital to the Stock Market’s Health

Performance divergences, especially in key industry sectors, are either supportive or non-supportive of the broader stock market’s move.

Although the S&P 500 (SNP:^GSPC) and Dow Jones Industrial Average (NYSEARCA:DIA) have notched new highs this year, small cap stock ETFs linked to the Russell 2000 (NYSEARCA:IWM) and S&P SmallCap 600 (NYSEARCA:IJR) continue to lag.

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