In afternoon trading on Thursday, Energy stocks are the worst performing sector, showing a 2.6% loss. Within that group, Marathon Oil Corp. (Symbol: MRO) and Williams Cos Inc (Symbol: WMB) are two of the day's laggards, showing a loss of 7.5% and 6.3%, respectively. Among energy ETFs , one ETF following the sector is the Energy Select Sector SPDR ETF (Symbol: XLE), which is down 1.7% on the day, and down 21.26% year-to-date. Marathon Oil Corp., meanwhile, is down 52.56% year-to-date, and Williams Cos Inc , is down 40.74% year-to-date. Combined, MRO and WMB make up approximately 2.9% of the underlying holdings of XLE.
The next worst performing sector is the Materials sector, showing a 1.5% loss. Among large Materials stocks, Freeport-McMoran Copper & Gold (Symbol: FCX) and Newmont Mining Corp. (Symbol: NEM) are the most notable, showing a loss of 6.8% and 6.7%, respectively. One ETF closely tracking Materials stocks is the Materials Select Sector SPDR ETF ( XLB ), which is down 1.2% in midday trading, and down 9.10% on a year-to-date basis. Freeport-McMoran Copper & Gold, meanwhile, is down 70.85% year-to-date, and Newmont Mining Corp. , is down 5.29% year-to-date. Combined, FCX and NEM make up approximately 3.4% of the underlying holdings of XLB.
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, one sector is up on the day, while eight sectors are down.
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