Consumer confidence is up, but the stock market might overheat.
Investors dipping their toes back into the market may be in for a rude awakening when the bottom drops out of consumer staples stocks.
After a strong 2013, the sector now looks overvalued and is lagging.
The consumer staples sector has emerged as a clear leader for the typically defensive season.
Strength in energy and technology and a breakout in financials are needed to keep the rally moving.
Technical methods identified the strongest and weakest sectors last year, and now they predict the best buying opportunities ahead.
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