For the month of August, several of the defensive sectors in the S&P 500 Index held up fairly well relative to the performance of the overall index.
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Source: Standard & Poor's
- The sectors showing the best return for August were Information Technology, Consumer Staples, Health Care and Utilities.
- Total Return for the S&P 500 Index includes the dividends.
- Net Total Return is reinvestment of the dividend excluding estimated withholding taxes.
- The category definitions can be found at Standard & Poor's website.