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1 Sector Analysis What does it mean for us? Crow River Investment Club Education for May, By Lynn Ostrem

2 What is a Sector? A sector is a group of companies that generate revenue in similar ways, and tend to rise and fall with the economic cycle. The S&P sectors are: Basic Materials Financials Technology Industrials Energy Consumer Staples Consumer Services Utilities Transportation/Cyclicals

3 Whats missing? Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs) Telecommunications No right or wrong Sector groupings No right or wrong Industry groupings We simply choose what works best for us!

4 What moves stock prices up or down? a)Changes in the fundamentals? b)News about the company or industry? c)World political events? Answer: None of the above! Its the BIG MONEYs reaction to all these situations that moves stock prices.

5 Who is the BIG MONEY? Mutual fund managers Pension fund managers Hedge fund managers Large banks Insurance companies

6 What moves the BIG MONEY? Actions of the Federal Reserve Direction of the Economy Result: Sectors rotate

7 How do we know what sectors are in favor? There are two ways: 1.Through the rear view mirror (historical and current) 2. Through the Windshield (Forward looking)

8 See handout for instructions: Big Charts will show what the Big Money is currently buying Value Lines quarterly Sector Analysis Report will provide a partial look forward using recent momentum to rank forward timeliness Manifest Investing has ETF Sector dashboard that will show analysts consensus for forward looking PAR

9 So what does this mean to us? First, Cramer says: 50% of a stocks price movement comes from forces that affect its sector or industry. If you dont know what forces move your stocks sector and industry, you are not ready to buy! However…

10 So what does this mean to us? George Nicholson, founder of NAIC, once wrote that he never considered the sector when buying a company. And he was an extremely successful investor. Mark Robertson believes that our dashboards provide us with a natural selection process of sectors because the out of favor stocksthose with the best quality but whose prices are currently depressedwill be the ones with the best potential returni.e. PAR. And therefore, sector analysis only needs to come into play when we are choosing between stock A or stock B for better diversification of our portfolio.

11 Next Month: Do you find it frustrating when we buy a stock and it goes sideways, or worse, goes down right after we buy it? We will explore the use of Money Flow and Relative Strength indicators as a means of helping us choose the right time to buy certain companies (only after we have already completed our fundamental analysis). Lynn Ostrem,


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