The energy sector drops off a cliff while technology zooms ahead analyzes the relative strength of the top 25 stock market sectors by comparing them to the S&P 500. The energy sector crashed by 11.1% during January. Stocks that represent or have a lot to do with certain commodities tend to move in advance of those commodities. This dramatic fall suggests a coming drop in the price of crude oil, gasoline and heating oil. Natural gas is already at a very low price due to the glut caused by new drilling techniques.

Within the overall technology sector every sub sector gained with the sole exception of telecommunications. Technology hardware was the lowest at a still impressive 3.2%, bio-technology gained 5.9%, computer software gained 6.2, and semiconductors zoomed up by 7%. Combine this with the 2.1% rise in the capital goods sector (it had been languishing for months) suggests that the economy is performing better than most people think.

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