Research: Select Sector Performance and Gold-Silver Divergence

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Select Sector Performance and Gold-Silver Divergence

By Erik Norland, Senior Economist, CME Group

Equities: Will Early Trends in Select Sectors Last?

  • S&P 500 returns fell 8.3% Jan.-April but some sectors performed well.
  • Technology, health care, consumer discretionary stock prices held steady.
  • Energy tumbled 34% Jan.-April, industrial and financial stocks fell sharply.
  • Sectors that did well Jan.-April were also outperformers in the 2010s.
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Gold Outshines Silver as Economics Widen Price Ratio

  • Gold-silver price ratio widened 31% Jan.-April this year.
  • Divergence is in line with trend that began in April 2011.
  • Silver has not fully replaced demand lost from photography.
  • Gold benefited from interest rates falling to near zero percent.
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