Equal-weight S&P 500 ETF hits record for second straight session

An exchange-traded fund that tracks the S&P 500 but weights each of the index’s components equally hit a record on Wednesday, in the latest sign that the market’s uptrend has been fairly broad-based. The Invesco S&P 500 Equal Weight ETF RSP, +0.22% rose 0.2% on Wednesday and was on track for its second straight record close. The fund is up 7% thus far this year, below the 8.7% rise of the unadjusted S&P 500 SPX, +0.14% where the influence of each individual component on the overall index is dictated by their market capitalization. The S&P overall has been supported in large part by the outperformance of large-cap technology and internet stocks, a group often referred to as the FAANG stocks. The concentration of those gains have had some investors concerned about market breadth, but the rally in the equal-weighted ETF suggests a good deal of the market is participating in the rally. Since the start of July, 10 of the 11 S&P 500 sectors are in positive territory. Recent gains in the market have come as investors shrug off signs of escalating tensions between the U.S. and China on trade policy, focusing instead on strong corporate profits and improving economic data. The Dow Jones Industrial Average DJIA, +0.71% rose 0.6% on Wednesday while the S&P rose 0.1%. The Nasdaq Composite Index COMP, -0.28% fell 0.3%, pressured by weakness in tech stocks.

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