Materials Lead Stocks Higher

The materials sector has lead stocks higher in the most recent upswing that began in late August. The Materials Select Sector SPDR Fund (XLB), is up 15% since August 26 compared to 11% for the S&P 500 over the same time period.


Materials Sector Leads Market Correction

After a strong start in 2010, Materials ETFs lead last week’s market retreat. The Materials Select Sector SPDR Fund (XLB) fell nearly 8% in last week’s sell-off that saw the broader market decline nearly 5% in three days.


Monsanto Leads Materials Sector Lower

Agri-giant Monsanto’s stock price has lead materials stocks to underperform the broader market. Monsanto is down 11% since August 27 while the SPDR S&P 500 (SPY)was essentially flat over the same period.