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The purpose of this study is to determine which S&P 500 sectors outperform in four types of markets. The first market is a long-term market that includes a series of upswings and downswings with an overall upward trend. We use the time period 2005-2011 to represent this type of market period. The second type of market, a downswing market, is represented by the time period 1/1/08-3/31/09. The third type of market, an upswing market, is represented by the time period 3/31/09-12/31/10. The fourth type of market is a trading range, or overall flat market, and is represented by the 12 months in 2011. Upside and downside capture ratios are calculated for all four market for all 10 S&P 500 sectors and compared for outperformance. Results are forthcoming.

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Independent Research

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Robert D. Dean

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Economics and Finance


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Upside/Downside Capture Ratios and S&P 500 Sector Returns in Volatile Markets