NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- The Dow Jones Utility Average has a year-to-date decline of 6.3% after gaining 26% in 2014. The Dow Jones Transportation Average has a year-to-date loss of 5.9% after gaining 24% in 2014. The iShares Transportation Average ETF IYT has a year-to-date loss of 5.1% after gaining 24% in 2014.
This major shift in asset allocations is partially due to the end of quantitative easing by the Federal Reserve and in anticipation of the first rate hike as the Fed begins to normalize interest rates.
The three exchange-traded funds that track these markets have losses that exceed 5% year to date. Here are their performance measures, daily charts and the key levels at which to buy on weakness and to sell on strength.
Keep in mind that these lagging ETFs may not continue to lag in the months ahead as explained in these profiles.
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The Utilities Select Sector SPDR Fund (XLU) had a close of $43.75 on Thursday down 7.3% year to date, but the year-to-date low of $43.01 has held since March 11.
The utilities ETF is below its 50-day and 200-day simple moving averages of $44.27 and $44.73, respectively, and in a "death cross" formation since April 28. The 200-day simple moving average has been a magnet since March 2 as a stabilization factor.
The weekly chart (not shown) will shift to positive if the ETF has a weekly close above its key weekly moving average of $44.42. This moving average will be declining each week, and the ETF has a momentum reading of 27.56 up from 27.30 last Friday.