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Thursday Sector Leaders: Utilities, Financial

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The best performing sector as of midday Thursday is the Utilities sector, up 0.7%. Within the sector, Duke Energy Corp (Symbol: DUK) and Entergy Corp (Symbol: ETR) are two large stocks leading the way, showing a gain of 2.8% and 2.3%, respectively. Among utilities ETFs , one ETF following the sector is the Utilities Select Sector SPDR ETF (Symbol: XLU), which is up 0.8% on the day, and up 1.82% year-to-date. Duke Energy Corp, meanwhile, is up 2.83% year-to-date, and Entergy Corp, is down 0.26% year-to-date. Combined, DUK and ETR make up approximately 9.6% of the underlying holdings of XLU.

The next best performing sector is the Financial sector, losing just 0.2%. Among large Financial stocks, American International Group Inc (Symbol: AIG) and HCP Inc (Symbol: HCP) are the most notable, showing a gain of 2.2% and 2.1%, respectively. One ETF closely tracking Financial stocks is the Financial Select Sector SPDR ETF ( XLF ), which is down 0.6% in midday trading, and up 4.88% on a year-to-date basis. American International Group Inc, meanwhile, is down 4.76% year-to-date, and HCP Inc is up 5.77% year-to-date. AIG makes up approximately 2.0% of the underlying holdings of XLF.

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.

Sector % Change
Utilities +0.7%
Financial -0.2%
Materials -0.2%
Technology & Communications -0.3%
Industrial -0.3%
Services -0.5%
Healthcare -0.5%
Consumer Products -0.6%
Energy -1.4%

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The views and opinions expressed herein are the views and opinions of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of Nasdaq, Inc.

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