In afternoon trading on Thursday, Healthcare stocks are the best performing sector, higher by 0.5%. Within that group, Endo International plc (Symbol: ENDP) and Biogen Inc (Symbol: BIIB) are two of the day's stand-outs, showing a gain of 10.0% and 4.7%, respectively. Among healthcare ETFs , one ETF following the sector is the Health Care Select Sector SPDR ETF (Symbol: XLV), which is up 0.2% on the day, and down 0.46% year-to-date. Endo International plc, meanwhile, is down 48.95% year-to-date, and Biogen Inc, is down 9.12% year-to-date. Combined, ENDP and BIIB make up approximately 2.5% of the underlying holdings of XLV.
The next best performing sector is the Services sector, losing just 0.1%. Among large Services stocks, Viacom Inc (Symbol: VIAB) and Tractor Supply Co. (Symbol: TSCO) are the most notable, showing a gain of 11.9% and 4.7%, respectively. One ETF closely tracking Services stocks is the iShares U.S. Consumer Services ETF ( IYC ), which is down 0.6% in midday trading, and up 1.23% on a year-to-date basis. Viacom Inc, meanwhile, is up 2.60% year-to-date, and Tractor Supply Co. is up 10.50% year-to-date. Combined, VIAB and TSCO make up approximately 0.9% of the underlying holdings of IYC.
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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