Cyclicals: Early or LateSeptember 04, 2014
For the first part of the year, early cyclicals (consummer discretionary sector) in North America underperformed late cyclicals (energy, material and industrial sectors), which made perfect sense given the appearance of a strengthening economy and the tapering of FRB asset purchases. Recently, however, early cyclicals have come back to lead late cyclicals. Since June 23, early cyclicals have outperformed late cyclicals by 7%. In the chart below, we compare an equal weighted basket of early cyclical companies in North America against late cyclicals.