This started back in the spring, when many bank stocks doubled and tripled their way into the summer and then took off again in July. Recently, the semiconductors and retail took the lead. Then a few weeks ago, the tech sector made its move, with Apple and Microsoft leading the charge.
Oil and gas, too, has played a part. The natural gas names like XTO Energy and Apache jumped 15% to 20% and then handed the baton to the oils. Now Occidental Petroleum is up almost 10 points, while BP ramped 10%.
Last week, Warren Buffett’s purchase of Burlington Northern Santa Fe catalyzed the transports, setting off moves in Union Pacific , CSX and others. On Tuesday, defensive stocks that work during a recession registered noteworthy gains, as Altria , Coca-Cola and Con Ed pushed higher. A relay race of sorts is under way, and for many investors the pieces aren’t forming a whole picture. But make no mistake, Cramer said, this is a bull market.
So what happens when we run out of sectors? Cramer predicted we’d cycle back to the most rested groups. First the banks and tech, then oil and so on.
“It’s a relentless run higher,” Cramer said.
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