Monday Sector Leaders: Energy, Healthcare

In afternoon trading on Monday, Energy stocks are the best performing sector, losing just 0.1%. Within that group, Anadarko Petroleum Corp (Symbol: APC) and Occidental Petroleum Corp (Symbol: OXY) are two of the day's stand-outs, showing a gain of 4.0% and 1.8%, respectively. Among energy ETFs, one ETF following the sector is the Energy Select Sector SPDR ETF (Symbol: XLE), which is up 0.2% on the day, and up 13.17% year-to-date. Anadarko Petroleum Corp, meanwhile, is up 73.24% year-to-date, and Occidental Petroleum Corp, is down 2.61% year-to-date. Combined, APC and OXY make up approximately 6.9% of the underlying holdings of XLE.

The next best performing sector is the Healthcare sector, losing just 0.4%. Among large Healthcare stocks, Cigna Corp (Symbol: CI) and Centene Corp (Symbol: CNC) are the most notable, showing a gain of 2.9% and 1.6%, respectively. One ETF closely tracking Healthcare stocks is the Health Care Select Sector SPDR ETF (XLV), which is down 0.2% in midday trading, and up 4.39% on a year-to-date basis. Cigna Corp , meanwhile, is down 17.22% year-to-date, and Centene Corp, is down 7.34% year-to-date. Combined, CI and CNC make up approximately 2.4% 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 Monday. As you can see, none of the sectors are up on the day, while nine sectors are down.

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