Monday Sector Leaders: Utilities, Energy

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The best performing sector as of midday Monday is the Utilities sector, higher by 0.3%. Within that group, SCANA Corp (Symbol: SCG) and Sempra Energy (Symbol: SRE) are two of the day's stand-outs, showing a gain of 1.1% and 0.8%, respectively. Among utilities ETFs , one ETF following the sector is the Utilities Select Sector SPDR ETF (Symbol: XLU), which is up 0.2% on the day, and up 12.81% year-to-date. SCANA Corp, meanwhile, is down 30.79% year-to-date, and Sempra Energy is up 14.59% year-to-date. Combined, SCG and SRE make up approximately 5.2% of the underlying holdings of XLU.

The next best performing sector is the Energy sector, higher by 0.1%. Among large Energy stocks, Andeavor (Symbol: ANDV) and Helmerich & Payne, Inc. (Symbol: HP) are the most notable, showing a gain of 1.5% and 1.3%, respectively. One ETF closely tracking Energy stocks is the Energy Select Sector SPDR ETF ( XLE ), which is up 0.3% in midday trading, and down 7.08% on a year-to-date basis. Andeavor, meanwhile, is up 24.93% year-to-date, and Helmerich & Payne, Inc., is down 29.82% year-to-date. Combined, ANDV and HP make up approximately 1.8% 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:

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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 five sectors are down.

Sector % Change
Utilities +0.3%
Energy +0.1%
Technology & Communications 0.0%
Industrial -0.0%
Financial -0.1%
Materials -0.1%
Consumer Products -0.4%
Services -0.8%
Healthcare -0.9%

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This article appears in: Investing , Investing Ideas
Referenced Symbols: XLE , SCG , SRE , XLU , ANDV

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