Thursday Sector Laggards: Healthcare, Utilities

The worst performing sector as of midday Thursday is the Healthcare sector, showing a 0.1% loss. Within the sector, Alexion Pharmaceuticals Inc. (Symbol: ALXN) and Lilly (Eli) & Co (Symbol: LLY) are two of the day's laggards, showing a loss of 3.2% and 2.2%, respectively. Among healthcare ETFs, one ETF following the sector is the Health Care Select Sector SPDR ETF (Symbol: XLV), which is down 0.3% on the day, and up 5.92% year-to-date. Alexion Pharmaceuticals Inc., meanwhile, is up 19.97% year-to-date, and Lilly (Eli) & Co, is down 1.49% year-to-date. Combined, ALXN and LLY make up approximately 3.6% of the underlying holdings of XLV.

The next worst performing sector is the Utilities sector, not showing much of a gain. Among large Utilities stocks, Exelon Corp (Symbol: EXC) and Evergy Inc (Symbol: EVRG) are the most notable, showing a loss of 0.7% and 0.4%, respectively. One ETF closely tracking Utilities stocks is the Utilities Select Sector SPDR ETF (XLU), which is flat on the day in midday trading, and up 14.32% on a year-to-date basis. Exelon Corp, meanwhile, is up 12.70% year-to-date, and Evergy Inc is up 7.61% year-to-date. Combined, EXC and EVRG make up approximately 7.9% of the underlying holdings of XLU.

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 Thursday. As you can see, seven sectors are up on the day, while one sector is down.

Sector % Change
Energy +1.7%
Services +1.0%
Materials +0.8%
Industrial +0.7%
Consumer Products +0.6%
Technology & Communications +0.5%
Financial +0.4%
Utilities 0.0%
Healthcare -0.1%

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