From the desk of Willie Delwiche.
The broker-dealer index (XBD) has eclipsed its August high and almost back to even on the year. Relative to the S&P 500, XBD has broken out above its early 2021 peak and is now at its highest since 2008.
Why It Matters: Seeing uptrends in areas outside of just the Energy sector suggests rally participation may be expanding. This gives investors who can move beyond just the indexes more opportunities to lean into strength. But the broker/dealer group isn’t just any group. It’s typically seen as a leading indicator for the S&P 500 overall. Relative strength from this group is good for the market overall and says encouraging things about overall risk appetite.
We take a Deeper Look at investor risk appetite and whether the recent improvement is likely to be sustained.