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Over the last few weeks, the spread on the 10-year Treasury and the yield of the Consumer Staples Select Sector SPDR ETF (XLP) has decreased by 0.44% (from -1.39% to -0.95%). This represents a combination of price performance of the XLP combined with the fact that yields have crept higher. Why does this matter? We’ve noticed that the XLP has become increasingly sensitive to changes in yields on government securities in recent years.

XLP: Treasuries Weigh In - Yield spread