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Monday Sector Leaders: Materials, Energy

The best performing sector as of midday Monday is the Materials sector, up 0.7%. Within that group, Freeport-McMoran Copper & Gold (Symbol: FCX) and Mosaic Co (Symbol: MOS) are two large stocks leading the way, showing a gain of 4.0% and 4.0%, respectively. Among the high volume ETFs, one ETF closely following materials stocks is the Materials Select Sector SPDR ETF (Symbol: XLB), which is up 0.5% on the day, and up 14.09% year-to-date. Freeport-McMoran Copper & Gold, meanwhile, is up 37.01% year-to-date, and Mosaic Co is up 83.42% year-to-date. Combined, FCX and MOS make up approximately 7.2% of the underlying holdings of XLB.

The next best performing sector is the Energy sector, up 0.2%. Among large Energy stocks, Halliburton Company (Symbol: HAL) and Schlumberger Ltd (Symbol: SLB) are the most notable, showing a gain of 3.3% and 2.9%, respectively. One ETF closely tracking Energy stocks is the Energy Select Sector SPDR ETF (XLE), which is down 0.1% in midday trading, and up 53.44% on a year-to-date basis. Halliburton Company, meanwhile, is up 31.59% year-to-date, and Schlumberger Ltd is up 50.92% year-to-date. Combined, HAL and SLB make up approximately 6.8% of the underlying holdings of XLE.

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, two sectors are up on the day, while four sectors are down.

Sector % Change
Materials +0.7%
Energy +0.2%
Consumer Products 0.0%
Financial -0.0%
Technology & Communications -0.0%
Services -0.1%
Industrial -0.2%
Healthcare -0.3%
Utilities -0.9%

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