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Sam Stovall

U.S. Equity Strategist, S&P Capital IQ

As U.S. Equity Strategist, Sam Stovall serves as analyst, publisher and communicator of S&P Capital IQ’s outlooks for the economy, market, and sectors. He is the Chairman of the S&P Investment Policy Committee, where he focuses on market history and valuations, as well as industry momentum strategies. Sam is the author of The Seven Rules of Wall Street, as well as The Standard & Poor’s Guide to Sector Investing. He writes a weekly “Sector Watch” piece on S&P Capital IQ’s MarketScope Advisor platform, as well as the weekly Investment Policy
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Jan 29, 2016

A Better Mousetrap: Smart Beta Offers Superior “Risk-On/Risk-Off” Relative-Strength Signals

Technicians frequently compare the performance of the S&P Consumer Discretionary sector with the Consumer Staples sector for guidance on the market’s “risk-on” or “risk-off” trend. When the more cyclical Consumer Discretionary sector, which contains such sub-industries as autos, homebuilding and retail, outperforms the more defensive Consumer Staples group, which includes food, beverage and tobacco firms,…


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