Looking at the sectors faring worst as of midday Thursday, shares of Energy companies are underperforming other sectors, showing a 1.5% loss. Within that group, HollyFrontier Corp (Symbol: HFC) and National Oilwell Varco Inc (Symbol: NOV) are two of the day's laggards, showing a loss of 3.1% and 2.9%, respectively. Among energy ETFs , one ETF following the sector is the Energy Select Sector SPDR ETF (Symbol: XLE), which is down 1.1% on the day, and up 13.60% year-to-date. HollyFrontier Corp, meanwhile, is up 1.10% year-to-date, and National Oilwell Varco Inc is up 8.52% year-to-date. Combined, HFC and NOV make up approximately 1.6% of the underlying holdings of XLE.
The next worst performing sector is the Materials sector, showing a 1.3% loss. Among large Materials stocks, Mosaic Co (Symbol: MOS) and CF Industries Holdings Inc (Symbol: CF) are the most notable, showing a loss of 3.4% and 3.3%, respectively. One ETF closely tracking Materials stocks is the Materials Select Sector SPDR ETF ( XLB ), which is down 1.4% in midday trading, and up 8.75% on a year-to-date basis. Mosaic Co , meanwhile, is up 6.37% year-to-date, and CF Industries Holdings Inc, is down 2.94% year-to-date. Combined, MOS and CF 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, four sectors are up on the day, while four sectors are down.
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