Friday Sector Leaders: Utilities, Consumer Products

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Looking at the sectors faring best as of midday Friday, shares of Utilities companies are outperforming other sectors, higher by 0.6%. Within that group, Atmos Energy Corp. (Symbol: ATO) and Duke Energy Corp (Symbol: DUK) are two of the day's stand-outs, showing a gain of 1.5% and 1.1%, respectively. Among utilities ETFs , one ETF following the sector is the Utilities Select Sector SPDR ETF (Symbol: XLU), which is up 0.6% on the day, and up 12.02% year-to-date. Atmos Energy Corp., meanwhile, is up 11.80% year-to-date, and Duke Energy Corp is up 3.14% year-to-date. Combined, ATO and DUK make up approximately 9.5% of the underlying holdings of XLU.

The next best performing sector is the Consumer Products sector, higher by 0.2%. Among large Consumer Products stocks, Under Armour Inc (Symbol: UAA) and Under Armour Inc (Symbol: UA) are the most notable, showing a gain of 7.1% and 6.5%, respectively. One ETF closely tracking Consumer Products stocks is the iShares U.S. Consumer Goods ETF ( IYK ), which is up 0.1% in midday trading, and up 15.33% on a year-to-date basis. Under Armour Inc, meanwhile, is up 32.60% year-to-date, and Under Armour Inc is up 27.52% year-to-date. Combined, UAA and UA make up approximately 0.4% 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:

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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, three sectors are up on the day, while four sectors are down.

Sector % Change
Utilities +0.6%
Consumer Products +0.2%
Services +0.1%
Healthcare -0.0%
Financial -0.0%
Industrial -0.5%
Technology & Communications -0.6%
Materials -0.6%
Energy -1.0%

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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 , Stocks
Referenced Symbols: IYK , ATO , DUK , XLU , UAA

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