The XLY continued to decline into earlier this month, underperforming the S&P 500 as shown in the upper inset. Since February 3rd, the XLY has bottomed and risen by about 6%, however note the relative performance. Initially the ETF outperformed sharply when rallying off the low, and yet since last Thursday the relative return of the XLY has reversed course and trended downward. This trend is in stark contrast to the ascending absolute price trend, resulting in a bearish divergence.
I would also point out that with many consumer discretionary/cyclical stocks, the relative pain suffered YTD has been income or wealth-indifferent. As shown below, several higher-end, luxury names have taken it on the chin just as badly as companies associated with middle- to lower-income consumers.
High-end, luxury stocks vs. S&P 500
Middle- to lower-income stocks vs. S&P 500