Friday Sector Leaders: Healthcare, Financial

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The best performing sector as of midday Friday is the Healthcare sector, losing just 0.1%. Within that group, Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (Symbol: REGN) and Envision Healthcare Corp (Symbol: EVHC) are two large stocks leading the way, showing a gain of 0.9% and 0.8%, respectively. Among healthcare ETFs , one ETF following the sector is the Health Care Select Sector SPDR ETF (Symbol: XLV), which is down 0.1% on the day, and up 1.20% year-to-date. Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, Inc., meanwhile, is down 18.21% year-to-date, and Envision Healthcare Corp is up 10.33% year-to-date. Combined, REGN and EVHC make up approximately 0.9% of the underlying holdings of XLV.

The next best performing sector is the Financial sector, losing just 0.1%. Among large Financial stocks, Ventas Inc (Symbol: VTR) and Unum Group (Symbol: UNM) are the most notable, showing a gain of 0.7% and 0.6%, respectively. One ETF closely tracking Financial stocks is the Financial Select Sector SPDR ETF ( XLF ), which is down 0.1% in midday trading, and down 0.38% on a year-to-date basis. Ventas Inc, meanwhile, is down 11.78% year-to-date, and Unum Group, is down 10.91% year-to-date. UNM makes up approximately 0.3% of the underlying holdings of XLF.

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, none of the sectors are up on the day, while nine sectors are down.

Sector % Change
Healthcare -0.1%
Financial -0.1%
Materials -0.1%
Consumer Products -0.2%
Industrial -0.2%
Energy -0.2%
Services -0.3%
Utilities -0.3%
Technology & Communications -0.3%

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Referenced Symbols: XLF , REGN , XLV , VTR

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