Thursday Sector Leaders: Healthcare, Technology & Communications

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The best performing sector as of midday Thursday is the Healthcare sector, higher by 1.6%. Within the sector, Envision Healthcare Corp (Symbol: EVHC) and DENTSPLY SIRONA Inc (Symbol: XRAY) are two large stocks leading the way, showing a gain of 5.5% and 4.7%, respectively. Among healthcare ETFs , one ETF following the sector is the Health Care Select Sector SPDR ETF (Symbol: XLV), which is up 1.4% on the day, and down 0.63% year-to-date. Envision Healthcare Corp, meanwhile, is up 24.31% year-to-date, and DENTSPLY SIRONA Inc, is down 28.96% year-to-date. Combined, EVHC and XRAY make up approximately 0.5% of the underlying holdings of XLV.

The next best performing sector is the Technology & Communications sector, higher by 1.2%. Among large Technology & Communications stocks, CenturyLink Inc (Symbol: CTL) and Qualcomm Inc (Symbol: QCOM) are the most notable, showing a gain of 7.5% and 3.2%, respectively. One ETF closely tracking Technology & Communications stocks is the Technology Select Sector SPDR ETF ( XLK ), which is up 1.1% in midday trading, and up 9.55% on a year-to-date basis. CenturyLink Inc, meanwhile, is up 19.54% year-to-date, and Qualcomm Inc, is down 13.39% year-to-date. Combined, CTL and QCOM make up approximately 1.6% of the underlying holdings of XLK.

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 Thursday. As you can see, nine sectors are up on the day, while none of the sectors are down.

Sector % Change
Healthcare +1.6%
Technology & Communications +1.2%
Utilities +1.0%
Financial +0.8%
Materials +0.8%
Consumer Products +0.6%
Industrial +0.6%
Services +0.4%
Energy +0.1%

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Referenced Symbols: XLK , XRAY , XLV , CTL

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