Thursday Sector Laggards: Utilities, Technology & Communications


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Looking at the sectors faring worst as of midday Thursday, shares of Utilities companies are underperforming other sectors, higher by 0.2%. Within that group, NRG Energy Inc (Symbol: NRG) and NiSource Inc. (Symbol: NI) are two large stocks that are lagging, showing a loss of 2.4% and 0.5%, respectively. Among utilities ETFs , one ETF following the sector is the Utilities Select Sector SPDR ETF (Symbol: XLU), which is up 0.3% on the day, and up 20.22% year-to-date. NRG Energy Inc, meanwhile, is up 0.30% year-to-date, and NiSource Inc. is up 31.91% year-to-date. Combined, NRG and NI make up approximately 1.9% of the underlying holdings of XLU.

The next worst performing sector is the Technology & Communications sector, up 0.5%. Among large Technology & Communications stocks, Level 3 Communications, Inc. (Symbol: LVLT) and Applied Materials, Inc. (Symbol: AMAT) are the most notable, showing a loss of 2.6% and 1.2%, respectively. One ETF closely tracking Technology & Communications stocks is the Technology Select Sector SPDR ETF ( XLK ), which is up 0.5% in midday trading, and up 13.22% on a year-to-date basis. Level 3 Communications, Inc., meanwhile, is down 13.26% year-to-date, and Applied Materials, Inc. is up 63.31% year-to-date. Combined, LVLT and AMAT make up approximately 1.1% of the underlying holdings of XLK.

Comparing these stocks and ETFs on a trailing twelve month basis, below is a relative stock price performance chart, with each of the symbols shown in a different color as labeled in the legend at the bottom:

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Here's a snapshot of how the S&P 500 components within the various sectors are faring in afternoon trading on Thursday. As you can see, nine sectors are up on the day, while none of the sectors are down.

Sector % Change
Healthcare +0.8%
Consumer Products +0.7%
Financial +0.7%
Services +0.6%
Industrial +0.6%
Materials +0.6%
Energy +0.6%
Technology & Communications +0.5%
Utilities +0.2%

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The views and opinions expressed herein are the views and opinions of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of Nasdaq, Inc.

This article appears in: Investing , Investing Ideas
Referenced Symbols: XLK , NRG , NI , XLU , LVLT

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