Friday Sector Laggards: Technology & Communications, Consumer Products

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The worst performing sector as of midday Friday is the Technology & Communications sector, showing a 0.7% loss. Within that group, Symantec Corp (Symbol: SYMC) and Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. (Symbol: AMD) are two large stocks that are lagging, showing a loss of 33.3% and 1.9%, respectively. Among technology ETFs , one ETF following the sector is the Technology Select Sector SPDR ETF (Symbol: XLK), which is down 0.3% on the day, and up 9.46% year-to-date. Symantec Corp, meanwhile, is down 30.35% year-to-date, and Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. is up 15.79% year-to-date. Combined, SYMC and AMD make up approximately 0.3% of the underlying holdings of XLK.

The next worst performing sector is the Consumer Products sector, showing a 0.1% loss. Among large Consumer Products stocks, Philip Morris International Inc (Symbol: PM) and Altria Group Inc (Symbol: MO) are the most notable, showing a loss of 2.0% and 1.5%, respectively. One ETF closely tracking Consumer Products stocks is the iShares U.S. Consumer Goods ETF ( IYK ), which is down 0.3% in midday trading, and down 9.80% on a year-to-date basis. Philip Morris International Inc, meanwhile, is down 22.00% year-to-date, and Altria Group Inc, is down 21.72% year-to-date. Combined, PM and MO make up approximately 11.6% of the underlying holdings of IYK.

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:

ETF Channel

Here's a snapshot of how the S&P 500 components within the various sectors are faring in afternoon trading on Friday. As you can see, two sectors are up on the day, while three sectors are down.

Sector % Change
Utilities +0.4%
Healthcare +0.3%
Services -0.0%
Industrial 0.0%
Materials 0.0%
Energy 0.0%
Consumer Products -0.1%
Financial -0.1%
Technology & Communications -0.7%

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This article appears in: Investing
Referenced Symbols: IYK , SYMC , AMD , XLK , PM

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