In afternoon trading on Tuesday, Utilities stocks are the worst performing sector, showing a 0.9% loss. Within that group, SCANA Corp (Symbol: SCG) and Entergy Corp (Symbol: ETR) are two large stocks that are lagging, showing a loss of 4.5% and 1.6%, respectively. Among utilities ETFs , one ETF following the sector is the Utilities Select Sector SPDR ETF (Symbol: XLU), which is down 0.8% on the day, and up 1.19% year-to-date. SCANA Corp, meanwhile, is down 8.77% year-to-date, and Entergy Corp, is down 2.40% year-to-date. Combined, SCG and ETR make up approximately 3.7% of the underlying holdings of XLU.
The next worst performing sector is the Materials sector, showing a 0.2% loss. Among large Materials stocks, Albemarle Corp. (Symbol: ALB) and International Flavors & Fragrances Inc. (Symbol: IFF) are the most notable, showing a loss of 4.5% and 1.8%, respectively. One ETF closely tracking Materials stocks is the Materials Select Sector SPDR ETF ( XLB ), which is down 0.1% in midday trading, and up 5.60% on a year-to-date basis. Albemarle Corp., meanwhile, is up 5.12% year-to-date, and International Flavors & Fragrances Inc. is up 0.03% year-to-date. Combined, ALB and IFF make up approximately 3.5% of the underlying holdings of XLB.
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 Tuesday. As you can see, six sectors are up on the day, while three sectors are down.
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