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Powerhouse ETFs: Energy, Consumer Staples and Utilities Outperform

Stocks in this article: XLB XLI XLY XLP IYC XLE XLF XLV XLU XLK IYT

NEW YORK (TheStreet) - Today we "crunch the numbers" on the 11 Exchange Traded Funds (ETFs) we have been profiling for investors as alternatives to stock picking.

Investing in ETFs smooths stock-specific volatility. This volatility was clearly illustrated during our coverage of first quarter earnings. It is difficult to pick stocks when many stocks have double-digit year-to-date gains or losses pre-earnings and/or double-digit gains or losses post-earnings.

The profiles below provide trading guidelines for 11 ETFs. Two "crunching the numbers" tables follow on page 2 and 3.


Materials Sector SPDR Fund (XLB) ($47.75, up 0.4% since April 1) set a new all-time intraday high at $48.34 on April 4 and is currently above all five key moving averages in today's first table. The weekly chart is neutral, with its five-week modified moving average at $47.13. Quarterly and semiannual value levels are $45.24 and $43.29, respectively, with a semiannual pivot at $47.54 and monthly risky level at $50.71.

Industrial Sector SPDR Fund (XLI) ($53.01, up 0.6% since April 1) set an all-time intraday high at $53.48 on April 4 and is above all five key moving averages in today's first table. The weekly chart is positive, with its five-week MMA at $52.30. Semiannual and quarterly value levels are $51.27 and $50.99, respectively, with a weekly pivot at $53.30 and monthly risky level at $57.79.

Consumer Discretionary SPDR Fund (XLY) ($63.84, down 2.7% since April 1) set an all-time intraday high at $67.85 on March 7 and has been moving sideways to down since then, as consumers shy away from discretionary spending. This ETF traded as low as $61.84 on April 15 and is now just above its 200-day SMA at $63.19. The weekly chart is negative, with its five-week MMA at $64.17. Semiannual value levels are $65.13 and $63.58 with quarterly and monthly risky levels at $66.98 and $70.90, respectively.

Consumer Staples SPDR Fund (XLP) ($44.51, up 3.5% since April 1) set an all-time intraday high at $44.52 on May 9, as consumers still spend on necessities. This ETF is above all five key moving averages in today's first table. The weekly chart is positive but overbought, with its five-week MMA at $43.45. Semiannual and annual value levels are $43.27 and $40.69, respectively, with a quarterly pivot at $44.55 and monthly risky level at $45.56.

iShares US Consumer Services (IYC) ($118.84, down 2.4% since April 1) set an all-time intraday high at $124.99 on March 7, then traded as low as $114.71 on April 15 holding its 200-day SMA at $115.76. The weekly chart is negative, with its five-week MMA at $119.13. Semiannual value levels are $117.62 and $114.14 with quarterly and monthly risky levels at $124.92 and $132.06, respectively.

Energy Sector SPDR Fund (XLE) ($93.67, up 4.6% since April 1) set an all-time intraday high at $95.25 on May 7, and is above all five key moving averages in today's first table. Note that crude oil is well below its all time high at $147.27 per barrel set in July 2008. The weekly chart is positive but overbought, with its five-week MMA at $91.14. Semiannual and annual value levels are $90.62 and $89.37, respectively, with monthly and annual risky levels at $94.43 and $94.88, respectively.

Finance Sector SPDR Fund (XLF) ($21.93, down 2% since April 1) set a multiyear intraday high at $22.65 on March 21, then traded as low as $21.19 on April 11. The weekly chart shifts to negative on a close this week below its five-week MMA at $21.88. Semiannual value levels are $20.24 and $19.44, with quarterly and monthly risky levels at $22.14 and $23.11, respectively.

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