Wednesday Sector Leaders: Technology & Communications, Consumer Products

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In afternoon trading on Wednesday, Technology & Communications stocks are the best performing sector, up 1.3%. Within the sector, Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc. (Symbol: TTWO) and Alphabet Inc (Symbol: GOOGL) are two large stocks leading the way, showing a gain of 4.9% and 4.3%, respectively. Among technology ETFs , one ETF following the sector is the Technology Select Sector SPDR ETF (Symbol: XLK), which is up 1.3% on the day, and up 22.14% year-to-date. Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc., meanwhile, is up 5.54% year-to-date, and Alphabet Inc is up 12.31% year-to-date.

The next best performing sector is the Consumer Products sector, higher by 0.8%. Among large Consumer Products stocks, Coty, Inc. (Symbol: COTY) and Newell Brands Inc (Symbol: NWL) are the most notable, showing a gain of 4.9% and 2.2%, respectively. One ETF closely tracking Consumer Products stocks is the iShares U.S. Consumer Goods ETF ( IYK ), which is up 0.9% in midday trading, and up 14.55% on a year-to-date basis. Coty, Inc., meanwhile, is up 95.66% year-to-date, and Newell Brands Inc, is down 14.77% year-to-date. Combined, COTY and NWL make up approximately 0.6% 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:

Preferred Stock Channel

Here's a snapshot of how the S&P 500 components within the various sectors are faring in afternoon trading on Wednesday. As you can see, nine sectors are up on the day, while none of the sectors are down.

Sector % Change
Technology & Communications +1.3%
Consumer Products +0.8%
Industrial +0.4%
Materials +0.4%
Services +0.3%
Utilities +0.3%
Energy +0.3%
Healthcare +0.2%
Financial +0.2%

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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 , TTWO , GOOGL , XLK , COTY

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