In afternoon trading on Thursday, Utilities stocks are the best performing sector, higher by 0.6%. Within the sector, PG&E Corp (Symbol: PCG) and PPL Corp (Symbol: PPL) are two large stocks leading the way, showing a gain of 1.3% and 1.3%, respectively. Among utilities ETFs , one ETF following the sector is the Utilities Select Sector SPDR ETF (Symbol: XLU), which is up 0.6% on the day, and down 6.61% year-to-date. PG&E Corp , meanwhile, is down 7.09% year-to-date, and PPL Corp, is down 10.90% year-to-date. Combined, PCG and PPL make up approximately 6.5% of the underlying holdings of XLU.
The next best performing sector is the Healthcare sector, up 0.4%. Among large Healthcare stocks, Express Scripts Holding Co (Symbol: ESRX) and Becton, Dickinson & Co (Symbol: BDX) are the most notable, showing a gain of 8.6% and 1.9%, respectively. One ETF closely tracking Healthcare stocks is the Health Care Select Sector SPDR ETF ( XLV ), which is up 0.2% in midday trading, and up 2.65% on a year-to-date basis. Express Scripts Holding Co, meanwhile, is up 6.81% year-to-date, and Becton, Dickinson & Co is up 3.94% year-to-date. Combined, ESRX and BDX make up approximately 3.4% of the underlying holdings of XLV.
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, three sectors are up on the day, while six sectors are down.
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