Friday Sector Leaders: Energy, Materials

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Looking at the sectors faring best as of midday Friday, shares of Energy companies are outperforming other sectors, up 2.6%. Within that group, Marathon Oil Corp. (Symbol: MRO) and Anadarko Petroleum Corp (Symbol: APC) are two of the day's stand-outs, showing a gain of 8.2% and 6.5%, respectively. Among energy ETFs , one ETF following the sector is the Energy Select Sector SPDR ETF (Symbol: XLE), which is up 2.6% on the day, and up 5.97% year-to-date. Marathon Oil Corp., meanwhile, is up 27.85% year-to-date, and Anadarko Petroleum Corp is up 38.83% year-to-date. Combined, MRO and APC make up approximately 4.1% of the underlying holdings of XLE.

The next best performing sector is the Materials sector, up 1.1%. Among large Materials stocks, LyondellBasell Industries NV (Symbol: LYB) and DowDuPont Inc (Symbol: DWDP) are the most notable, showing a gain of 3.1% and 2.5%, respectively. One ETF closely tracking Materials stocks is the Materials Select Sector SPDR ETF ( XLB ), which is up 1.5% in midday trading, and down 2.48% on a year-to-date basis. LyondellBasell Industries NV, meanwhile, is up 2.75% year-to-date, and DowDuPont Inc, is down 4.98% year-to-date. Combined, LYB and DWDP make up approximately 28.9% of the underlying holdings of XLB.

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 Friday. As you can see, eight sectors are up on the day, while one sector is down.

Sector % Change
Energy +2.6%
Materials +1.1%
Utilities +0.8%
Healthcare +0.7%
Consumer Products +0.4%
Services +0.3%
Financial +0.3%
Industrial +0.3%
Technology & Communications -0.5%

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This article appears in: Investing , Investing Ideas
Referenced Symbols: XLB , MRO , APC , XLE , LYB

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