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The Tech Surge: A Dominant Force in 2023’s Sector Performance

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As 2023 approaches its end, the wide divergence in sector performance has been noteworthy, with certain sectors significantly outperforming others. Bespoke Investment Group highlighted this sector divergence as a key theme of the year, with specific sectors exerting substantial influence on the overall market performance.

Among the eleven S&P sectors, the Information Technology sector has emerged as a powerhouse, recording a remarkable 45.2% gain year-to-date. This is closely followed by the Communication Services sector, which has seen a strong 43.3% climb. On the flip side, the Utilities segment has experienced a notable decline of 13.1%.

2023 year-to-date performances of the 11 S&P sectors, from best to worst performers, are as follows:

  • Information Technology (NYSEARCA:XLK) +45.2%.
  • Communication Services (XLC) +43.3%.
  • Consumer Discretionary (NYSEARCA:XLY) +25.4%.
  • Industrials (XLI) +5.7%.
  • Materials (XLB) +0.5%.
  • Financials (NYSEARCA:XLF) +0.1%.
  • Energy (NYSEARCA:XLE) -3.1%.
  • Real Estate (XLRE) -5.2%.
  • Health Care (XLV) -5.9%.
  • Consumer Staples (XLP) -6.2%.
  • Utilities (XLU) -13.1%.

In Monday’s trading, Wall Street’s major market averages opened lower, while Treasury yields exhibited limited movements.

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