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Thursday Sector Leaders: Utilities, Financial

The best performing sector as of midday Thursday is the Utilities sector, higher by 0.6%. Within that group, NRG Energy Inc (Symbol: NRG) and Consolidated Edison Inc (Symbol: ED) are two large stocks leading the way, showing a gain of 1.4% and 1.2%, respectively. Among utilities ETFs , one ETF following the sector is the Utilities Select Sector SPDR ETF (Symbol: XLU), which is up 0.7% on the day, and up 7.84% year-to-date. NRG Energy Inc, meanwhile, is up 5.11% year-to-date, and Consolidated Edison Inc is up 9.10% year-to-date. Combined, NRG and ED make up approximately 4.9% of the underlying holdings of XLU.

The next best performing sector is the Financial sector, up 0.3%. Among large Financial stocks, American Tower Corp (Symbol: AMT) and Assurant Inc (Symbol: AIZ) are the most notable, showing a gain of 2.0% and 1.9%, respectively. One ETF closely tracking Financial stocks is the Financial Select Sector SPDR ETF ( XLF ), which is flat on the day in midday trading, and up 11.67% on a year-to-date basis. American Tower Corp , meanwhile, is up 11.73% year-to-date, and Assurant Inc is up 15.64% year-to-date. AIZ makes up approximately 0.2% 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, four sectors are up on the day, while four sectors are down.

Sector % Change
Utilities +0.6%
Financial +0.3%
Consumer Products +0.2%
Healthcare +0.2%
Services -0.0%
Technology & Communications -0.2%
Industrial -0.2%
Materials -1.3%
Energy -1.5%

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