Friday Sector Leaders: Materials, Healthcare

The best performing sector as of midday Friday is the Materials sector, higher by 0.8%. Within that group, Vulcan Materials Co (Symbol: VMC) and Albemarle Corp. (Symbol: ALB) are two of the day's stand-outs, showing a gain of 6.2% and 5.4%, respectively. Among the high volume ETFs, one ETF closely following materials stocks is the Materials Select Sector SPDR ETF (Symbol: XLB), which is up 1.0% on the day, and up 0.06% year-to-date. Vulcan Materials Co, meanwhile, is up 13.42% year-to-date, and Albemarle Corp., is down 14.29% year-to-date. Combined, VMC and ALB make up approximately 5.0% of the underlying holdings of XLB.

The next best performing sector is the Healthcare sector, higher by 0.7%. Among large Healthcare stocks, Bio-Rad Laboratories Inc (Symbol: BIO) and Eli Lilly (Symbol: LLY) are the most notable, showing a gain of 7.6% and 4.0%, respectively. One ETF closely tracking Healthcare stocks is the Health Care Select Sector SPDR ETF (XLV), which is up 0.9% in midday trading, and up 7.44% on a year-to-date basis. Bio-Rad Laboratories Inc, meanwhile, is up 9.55% year-to-date, and Eli Lilly is up 35.43% year-to-date. Combined, BIO and LLY make up approximately 11.5% 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, five sectors are up on the day, while three sectors are down.

Sector % Change
Materials +0.8%
Healthcare +0.7%
Energy +0.7%
Utilities +0.2%
Industrial +0.1%
Consumer Products -0.0%
Services -0.1%
Financial -0.2%
Technology & Communications -0.3%

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• Dow Component Preferreds
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• TTD YTD Return

The views and opinions expressed herein are the views and opinions of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of Nasdaq, Inc.

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