Friday Sector Laggards: Utilities, Energy

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The worst performing sector as of midday Friday is the Utilities sector, showing a 0.9% loss. Within the sector, Southern Company (Symbol: SO) and PPL Corp (Symbol: PPL) are two large stocks that are lagging, showing a loss of 2.9% and 2.2%, respectively. Among utilities ETFs , one ETF following the sector is the Utilities Select Sector SPDR ETF (Symbol: XLU), which is down 1.1% on the day, and up 4.35% year-to-date. Southern Company , meanwhile, is down 3.87% year-to-date, and PPL Corp, is down 0.92% year-to-date. Combined, SO and PPL make up approximately 9.2% of the underlying holdings of XLU.

The next worst performing sector is the Energy sector, showing a 0.8% loss. Among large Energy stocks, Cimarex Energy Co (Symbol: XEC) and Phillips 66 (Symbol: PSX) are the most notable, showing a loss of 2.3% and 2.3%, respectively. One ETF closely tracking Energy stocks is the Energy Select Sector SPDR ETF ( XLE ), which is down 0.5% in midday trading, and up 1.64% on a year-to-date basis. Cimarex Energy Co, meanwhile, is down 31.22% year-to-date, and Phillips 66 is up 15.02% year-to-date. Combined, XEC and PSX make up approximately 4.0% of the underlying holdings of XLE.

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:

Dividend 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, one sector is up on the day, while seven sectors are down.

Sector % Change
Services +0.1%
Technology & Communications -0.0%
Healthcare -0.2%
Consumer Products -0.4%
Industrial -0.4%
Financial -0.5%
Materials -0.6%
Energy -0.8%
Utilities -0.9%

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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: XLE , SO , PPL , XLU , XEC

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