In afternoon trading on Friday, Energy stocks are the best performing sector, higher by 2.4%. Within that group, Apache Corp (Symbol: APA) and EOG Resources, Inc. (Symbol: EOG) are two large stocks leading the way, showing a gain of 6.0% and 4.9%, respectively. Among energy ETFs , one ETF following the sector is the Energy Select Sector SPDR ETF (Symbol: XLE), which is up 1.7% on the day, and up 18.72% year-to-date. Apache Corp, meanwhile, is up 35.75% year-to-date, and EOG Resources, Inc. is up 12.96% year-to-date. Combined, APA and EOG make up approximately 5.5% of the underlying holdings of XLE.
The next best performing sector is the Healthcare sector, higher by 1.0%. Among large Healthcare stocks, Centene Corp (Symbol: CNC) and Cigna Corp (Symbol: CI) are the most notable, showing a gain of 3.9% and 3.2%, respectively. One ETF closely tracking Healthcare stocks is the Health Care Select Sector SPDR ETF ( XLV ), which is up 0.7% in midday trading, and up 6.74% on a year-to-date basis. Centene Corp, meanwhile, is down 3.43% year-to-date, and Cigna Corp , is down 12.24% year-to-date. Combined, CNC and CI make up approximately 2.5% of the underlying holdings of XLV.
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:
Here's a snapshot of how the S&P 500 components within the various sectors are faring in afternoon trading on Friday. As you can see, nine sectors are up on the day, while none of the sectors are down.
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