The Tell: One chart shows which sectors do best, and worst, when inflation expectations rise


Some economists and investors are convinced that after numerous false starts, inflation is finally ready for a resurgence. But a look at how individual sectors and groups perform when inflation expectations begin to rise offers up a surprise or two.

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The chart at the top of the page from Jefferies breaks out which sectors tend to do best—and worst—when inflation expectations start to rise. During the last four trough-to-peak cycles for inflation expectations, the S&P 500 SPX, +0.47%SPX, +0.47% has risen by a median 13%, while energy has outperformed by a median of 37%; materials and industrials have posted mid-single-digit relative returns.

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