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In Depth: Correlation…. by Don Fishback

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Correlation: In statistics, it’s the degree to which two or more variables show a tendency to move relative to each other.  In finance, it’s the tendency of two or more securities, sectors or asset classes to move together.

Correlation values range from -1 to +1.  If one stock moves in perfect lockstep with another, the correlation is going to be +1.  If they move exactly opposite one another, the correlation is going to be -1.

Needless to say, a perfect correlation of + or -1 is nearly impossible.  But recently, we’ve seen a few examples where correlations have climbed to unusually high levels.  The correlations I’m speaking of are the various Sector SPDRs and the S&P 500 SPDR.

Continued at Don Fishback’s Market Update

 


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