Monday Sector Leaders: Energy, Utilities

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Looking at the sectors faring best as of midday Monday, shares of Energy companies are outperforming other sectors, higher by 2.3%. Within that group, Cimarex Energy Co (Symbol: XEC) and Noble Energy Inc (Symbol: NBL) are two of the day's stand-outs, showing a gain of 7.0% and 4.8%, respectively. Among energy ETFs , one ETF following the sector is the Energy Select Sector SPDR ETF (Symbol: XLE), which is up 1.6% on the day, and up 5.70% year-to-date. Cimarex Energy Co, meanwhile, is down 25.24% year-to-date, and Noble Energy Inc is up 22.41% year-to-date. Combined, XEC and NBL make up approximately 1.9% of the underlying holdings of XLE.

The next best performing sector is the Utilities sector, higher by 0.1%. Among large Utilities stocks, Ameren Corp (Symbol: AEE) and PPL Corp (Symbol: PPL) are the most notable, showing a gain of 0.8% and 0.7%, respectively. One ETF closely tracking Utilities stocks is the Utilities Select Sector SPDR ETF ( XLU ), which is up 0.1% in midday trading, and down 4.27% on a year-to-date basis. Ameren Corp, meanwhile, is down 1.07% year-to-date, and PPL Corp, is down 9.26% year-to-date. Combined, AEE and PPL make up approximately 5.1% of the underlying holdings of XLU.

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 Monday. As you can see, two sectors are up on the day, while seven sectors are down.

Sector % Change
Energy +2.3%
Utilities +0.1%
Technology & Communications -0.1%
Materials -0.1%
Services -0.2%
Industrial -0.3%
Financial -0.4%
Consumer Products -0.9%
Healthcare -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
Referenced Symbols: XLU , XEC , NBL , XLE , AEE

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