The best performing sector as of midday Friday is the Utilities sector, higher by 0.1%. Within that group, Evergy Inc (Symbol: EVRG) and Southern Company (Symbol: SO) are two large stocks leading the way, showing a gain of 1.2% and 1.0%, respectively. Among utilities ETFs , one ETF following the sector is the Utilities Select Sector SPDR ETF (Symbol: XLU), which is down 0.2% on the day, and up 5.70% year-to-date. Evergy Inc, meanwhile, is up 14.52% year-to-date, and Southern Company , is down 0.32% year-to-date. Combined, EVRG and SO make up approximately 8.8% of the underlying holdings of XLU.
The next best performing sector is the Financial sector, losing just 0.4%. Among large Financial stocks, Cboe Global Markets Inc (Symbol: CBOE) and Public Storage (Symbol: PSA) are the most notable, showing a gain of 2.0% and 1.7%, respectively. One ETF closely tracking Financial stocks is the Financial Select Sector SPDR ETF ( XLF ), which is down 1.4% in midday trading, and down 16.08% on a year-to-date basis. Cboe Global Markets Inc, meanwhile, is down 19.88% year-to-date, and Public Storage is up 2.54% year-to-date. CBOE makes up approximately 0.4% 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:
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, one sector is up on the day, while eight sectors are down.
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