In afternoon trading on Thursday, Utilities stocks are the worst performing sector, showing a 0.1% loss. Within that group, PG&E Corp (Symbol: PCG) and Southern Company (Symbol: SO) are two of the day's laggards, showing a loss of 1.6% and 1.4%, respectively. Among utilities ETFs , one ETF following the sector is the Utilities Select Sector SPDR ETF (Symbol: XLU), which is down 0.2% on the day, and down 3.89% year-to-date. PG&E Corp , meanwhile, is down 2.25% year-to-date, and Southern Company , is down 5.78% year-to-date. Combined, PCG and SO make up approximately 10.6% of the underlying holdings of XLU.
The next worst performing sector is the Financial sector, not showing much of a gain. Among large Financial stocks, SBA Communications Corp (Symbol: SBAC) and American Tower Corp (Symbol: AMT) are the most notable, showing a loss of 2.6% and 2.0%, respectively. One ETF closely tracking Financial stocks is the Financial Select Sector SPDR ETF ( XLF ), which is up 0.1% in midday trading, and up 3.40% on a year-to-date basis. SBA Communications Corp , meanwhile, is down 4.11% year-to-date, and American Tower Corp , is down 5.52% year-to-date.
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.
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