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Maintaining Bullish View; Financials and Energy Upgraded

Is anyone else tired like me after this week’s trading action in the S&P 500?  The market started the week quite strong and rallied up about 2.7% to nicely reverse last’s week down performance.  However, during the middle of the week, fears of rising interest rates began to spill over into equities and caused some down action that pulled the index down nearly 5%, which was disproportionately impacted by even larger declines by in many growthier names within Consumer Discretionary and Tech.  Investors then turned their attention Fed Chairman Powell on Wednesday and his words during an online event did not calm the bond market and further pressured stocks.  After flirting with a bigger selloff, the S&P 500 found energy on Friday from both the positive release of the monthly employment data release and some dovish Fed comments to end the week up for day and slight gain for the week.  Lots of running to make so little progress. 

At the beginning of the week, we released the results of our monthly deep dive into our sector (GICS-L-1) work and have updated our FSI Sector Allocation recommendations (please see the sector section of our website).  We wanted to end the week by reiterating the main conclusions that our allocation methodology has been suggesting:

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