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Thursday Sector Leaders: Healthcare, Utilities

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In afternoon trading on Thursday, Healthcare stocks are the best performing sector, up 1.0%. Within the sector, AbbVie Inc (Symbol: ABBV) and Perrigo Company plc (Symbol: PRGO) are two large stocks leading the way, showing a gain of 6.0% and 5.3%, respectively. Among healthcare ETFs , one ETF following the sector is the Health Care Select Sector SPDR ETF (Symbol: XLV), which is up 1.2% on the day, and up 20.10% year-to-date. AbbVie Inc, meanwhile, is up 33.44% year-to-date, and Perrigo Company plc, is down 0.28% year-to-date. Combined, ABBV and PRGO make up approximately 11668900.3% of the underlying holdings of XLV.

The next best performing sector is the Utilities sector, higher by 0.5%. Among large Utilities stocks, CenterPoint Energy, Inc (Symbol: CNP) and Sempra Energy (Symbol: SRE) are the most notable, showing a gain of 1.4% and 1.2%, respectively. One ETF closely tracking Utilities stocks is the Utilities Select Sector SPDR ETF ( XLU ), which is up 0.6% in midday trading, and up 14.91% on a year-to-date basis. CenterPoint Energy, Inc, meanwhile, is up 24.41% year-to-date, and Sempra Energy is up 19.50% year-to-date. Combined, CNP and SRE make up approximately 16432491.0% of the underlying holdings of XLU.

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 five sectors are down.

Sector % Change
Healthcare +1.0%
Utilities +0.5%
Technology & Communications +0.3%
Industrial +0.3%
Materials -0.1%
Energy -0.1%
Consumer Products -0.2%
Services -0.5%
Financial -1.0%

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