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The U.S. market is a vast and intricate financial landscape that can be dissected into several sectors, each representing a specific segment of the economy. These sectors are typically classified based on the type of goods or services they produce. Common sectors include Information Technology, Health Care, Financials, Consumer Discretionary, Communication Services, Industrials, Consumer Staples, Energy, Utilities, Real Estate, and Materials. This sectoral breakdown serves as a vital tool for investors and analysts as it allows for a more granular assessment of market performance. By monitoring individual sectors, one can gain insights into the health and trends of various industries, helping to make informed investment decisions and understand broader economic conditions.
Reference  investigated the mean-reverting and trending characteristics of the U.S. sectors. The author pointed out,
By analyzing the performances of using mean-revision strategy and momentum strategy to simulate different stock sectors, the basic material sector, utility sector, and financial services sector have high value-stability. The energy sector, industrial sector, and technology sector have low value-stability. According to this result. People who want to investigate stocks based on their past performances in the stock market should consider the basic material sector, utility sector, and financial services sector instead of the energy sector, industrial sector, and technology sector…People who want to invest in stock sectors like the technology sector need additional information to determine to buy which bond because the correlation between past stock price data and future stock price is relatively weak. For example, to judge which technology company would succeed, people need to have some professional knowledge to help them make the determination instead of only looking for the company’s previous stock price.
In summary, mean-reversion trading is only suitable for specific sectors. According to the author, mean-reversion strategies are applicable to the basic materials, utilities, and financial services sectors.
This article underscores the importance of analyzing the price dynamics of the underlying assets we intend to trade. Additionally, it makes an interesting observation: a strategy’s robustness is inversely related to its returns.
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 Chuyi Hu, Comparison of Different Stock Sectors Based on Momentum and Mean-Reversion Strategies, Proceedings of the 3rd International Conference on Economic Development and Business Culture (ICEDBC 2023)
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