Tuesday Sector Laggards: Utilities, Financial

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The worst performing sector as of midday Tuesday is the Utilities sector, up 0.3%. Within the sector, Sempra Energy (Symbol: SRE) and AES Corp. (Symbol: AES) are two large stocks that are lagging, showing a loss of 0.6% and 0.3%, respectively. Among utilities ETFs , one ETF following the sector is the Utilities Select Sector SPDR ETF (Symbol: XLU), which is up 0.3% on the day, and up 5.50% year-to-date. Sempra Energy, meanwhile, is up 5.62% year-to-date, and AES Corp. is up 19.27% year-to-date. Combined, SRE and AES make up approximately 5.7% of the underlying holdings of XLU.

The next worst performing sector is the Financial sector, up 1.0%. Among large Financial stocks, Everest Re Group Ltd (Symbol: RE) and HCP Inc (Symbol: HCP) are the most notable, showing a loss of 3.7% and 2.1%, respectively. One ETF closely tracking Financial stocks is the Financial Select Sector SPDR ETF ( XLF ), which is up 1.7% in midday trading, and up 9.97% on a year-to-date basis. Everest Re Group Ltd, meanwhile, is down 2.55% year-to-date, and HCP Inc is up 8.97% year-to-date. RE 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 Tuesday. As you can see, nine sectors are up on the day, while none of the sectors are down.

Sector % Change
Materials +1.8%
Consumer Products +1.7%
Technology & Communications +1.7%
Industrial +1.6%
Healthcare +1.3%
Services +1.2%
Energy +1.2%
Financial +1.0%
Utilities +0.3%

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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 , Investing Ideas
Referenced Symbols: XLF , SRE , AES , XLU , RE

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