ASX: Banks and Miners v the Rest

The struggle between miners and banks is changing.

The ASX 200 rallied this week, breaking out of its downward trend channel. Although in a primary down-trend after breaching 5800, the index is enjoying strong support.

ASX 200

And that is despite the Banks taking a hammering.

ASX 300 Banks

Miners did nothing this week.

ASX 300 Banks

But most other sectors rallied strongly: Consumer Staples…

ASX 200 Staples

Consumer Discretionary, Health Care…

ASX 200 Health Care

Utilities and Industrials.

ASX 200 Industrials

The change reflects a rosier global outlook, with Commodities rising, but I doubt that it can last without support from the ASX 200’s two biggest sectors.

Health Care (Australia)

A chart of Australia’s ASX 200 Health Care [XHJ], compared to Financials-x-Property [XXJ] and the overall index [XJO] over the last 15 years, shows that outperformance of the Health Care sector is not just a recent occurrence.

ASX 200 Health Care

The sector also proved resilient during the GFC.

Health Care

One of the top-performing sectors, both in the US and Australia, is Health Care.

DJUS Health Care

The strength of a momentum strategy is the ability to identify and concentrate investment in outperforming sectors like this. Our S&P 500 Momentum strategy is overweight (40%) in this sector, with investments in Pharmaceuticals, Health Care Supplies and Biotechnology stocks.