In afternoon trading on Thursday, Utilities stocks are the worst performing sector, showing a 1.5% loss. Within that group, American Electric Power Co Inc (Symbol: AEP) and Entergy Corp (Symbol: ETR) are two large stocks that are lagging, showing a loss of 3.2% and 2.7%, respectively. Among utilities ETFs , one ETF following the sector is the Utilities Select Sector SPDR ETF (Symbol: XLU), which is down 1.7% on the day, and up 5.55% year-to-date. American Electric Power Co Inc, meanwhile, is up 1.98% year-to-date, and Entergy Corp is up 5.34% year-to-date. Combined, AEP and ETR make up approximately 7.0% of the underlying holdings of XLU.
The next worst performing sector is the Energy sector, up 0.9%. Among large Energy stocks, EQT Corp (Symbol: EQT) and Williams Cos Inc (Symbol: WMB) are the most notable, showing a loss of 14.2% and 0.5%, respectively. One ETF closely tracking Energy stocks is the Energy Select Sector SPDR ETF ( XLE ), which is up 1.4% in midday trading, and down 5.04% on a year-to-date basis. EQT Corp, meanwhile, is down 38.83% year-to-date, and Williams Cos Inc , is down 14.23% year-to-date. Combined, EQT and WMB make up approximately 3.3% 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 Thursday. As you can see, eight sectors are up on the day, while one sector is down.
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