Futures for the S&P 500 index fell 0.1% vs. fair value early Thursday morning, as Saudi Arabia's foreign minister called for sanctions on Iran for its "support of terrorism," the latest move by the oil kingdom that fuels regional conflict and uncertainty. Japan's Nikkei also reversed from a 25-year high while earnings were mixed. Dow futures lost 0.5%, while Nasdaq 100 futures retreated 0.5% against fair value.
[ibd-display-video id=2368044 width=50 float=left autostart=true]But the S&P 500 index has climbed 21% and the Nasdaq composite 31% since Donald Trump won the presidential election on Nov. 8, 2016. But the top-performing groups out of the 197 industries that IBD tracks are performing much better.
The Building-Residential group is up 104% over the past 52 weeks. D.R. Horton ( DHI ), Lennar ( LEN ) and NVR ( NVR ) all among the strong performers. D.R. Horton, a 99 Composite Rating stock, reported quarterly earnings Thursday morning.
Computer Software-Gaming has rallied 84% since Trump's election. That includes U.S. video game giants Take-Two Interactive Software ( TTWO ), Electronic Arts ( EA ) and Activision Blizzard (ATVI), as well as Japan's Nintendo (NTDOY) and China's NetEase (NTES).
Take-Two Interactive rallied nearly 11% Wednesday after reporting stronger-than-expected quarterly results and offering bullish guidance. Take-Two has a 96 Composite Rating.
Electronics-Semiconductor Equipment has soared 82%. Those include industry giants Applied Materials (AMAT), Lam Research (LRCX) as well as recent IPO Ichor Holdings (ICHR). Applied Materials reports earnings next week with Ichor on tap Thursday night. Applied Materials has a 99 Composite Rating with Ichor boasting a 98 CR.
So what are the worst-performing groups over the past year? Food-Dairy Products, which only has three stocks, is down 42% over the past year. But then the next five worst groups and seven of the next eight, are in the retail sector. They include office supply stores (-31%), department stores (-29%) and auto parts (-19%).
Department stores Macy's (M), Kohl's (KSS) and Nordstrom (JWN) report earnings on Thursday, while J.C. Penney (JCP) is on tap Friday. Kohl's already has reported an earnings miss, sending its shares sharply lower early Thursday.