Chart of the Week: 10 Best Performing Dow Sectors

Despite the poor market performance in January, some sectors
managed to buck the trend: With the SPX down 2.5%, the Dow sectors highlighted
below had a very respectable month.

10 Best Performing Dow Sectors

 

Jan_2005_sector_perf

Source: Chart of the Day

CotD notes: “The best performing sectors suggest the market
is largely focused on a strengthening global economy and the resulting increase
in demand for energy and basic materials.”
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"[Fed Chair] Greenspan, who
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Job Gains: How have Presidents fared?

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Note that most Presidents tend to get too much blame and take too much credit for economic gaisn and losses. That said the WSJ reported that "Bush gained jobs during his first term but in percentage terms, his job
creation record compares poorly to that of almost every previous presidential
term for which comparable data is available, according to research firm Global
Insight
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