The SPDR Industrial ETF (XLI) set a new all-time closing high on Friday, while the SPDR Technology ETF (XLK) slid for a third straight week. The divergence follows a new trend of investors shifting toward value stocks that can withstand higher interest rates. They’re also looking for companies that can benefit from faster gross domestic product.
First, the change can be explained by higher interest rates and higher commodity prices. This is stoking demand for “cyclical” companies like industrials and financials that benefit from more gross domestic product. Many of these companies struggled before the crisis and are now being rediscovered for the first time in years.
Netflix and Intel reported strong results this week as earnings season marches toward the major tech stocks.