Big View Analytics: Consumer Discretionary vs. Consumer Staples

November 22, 2022

Mish's Daily

By Mish Schneider

Written by Keith Schneider (on behalf of Michele Schneider) and Wade Dawson


As the Thanksgiving holiday shopping season approaches, we will look at our Big View leading sector ETFs and the current tug-of-war between Consumer Discretionary (XLY) and Consumer Staples (XLP).

The chart displays the price spread between Consumer Discretionary (XLY) over Consumer Staples (XLP). Consumer Staples leads as the ratio price declines, as above.

Staples are viewed as needs, and consumer discretionary are more discretionary purchases.

The spread between these two sectors points to a rotation away from buying Teslas or luxury watches and more towards fast food, groceries, and living necessities.

When others fear the consumer sector, we see consumer staples as an opportunity to benefit from economic uncertainty while providing value.


The Energy market has been strong alongside Retail and Industrials over the last six months, as shown above.

Currently, Consumer Staples and Utilities lead in the previous five trading days indicating risk-off.

The strong trend in Consumer Staples over Consumer Discretionary is demonstrated over the past five days, three months, six months, and year-to-date performance.

Consumer Staples have decreased by 1.5% year to date, while Consumer Discretionary has decreased by -31.3%.

If you want to stay in tune with the primary market trends and invest only passively, following the ETF leaders on a six-month basis will be helpful.

Using our Phases and five-day and three-month percentage sector changes can assist more active traders.

Our analytics spot sectors and subsectors that are heating up or cooling down so that you can make informed trading decisions.

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