US Market Sideways to Downside Risk in 2015

SP:SPX   S&P 500 Index
Intermarket Study for 2014

Utilities - XLU             - and Health Care - XLV             - Outperformed in 2014, and these two sectors saw the biggest % gains later in the year. Health Care and Utilities are considered economically insensitive sectors, and tend to outperform when the market is at risk of a pullback or a sideways markets. Historically, economically-sensitive sectors like consumer cyclical, industrial and energy stocks tend to outperform the stock market in a healthy uptrend.

Consumer Staples - XLY - , a defensive sector to play the market saw large inflow of buy orders to drive the sector up 12% in the later half of 2014.
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Technology Sector - XLK - saw a very big return this year. However, a much smaller % gain towards the end of the year. Technology along with cyclicals, when strong tend to suggest a bull will continue. From this chart, 2015 might be a concern for investors.
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Financial Sector is also one of the sectors that tend to suggest an end of a bull market, leading to a cyclical or secular bear market, which can also mean sideways market.
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