Tuesday Sector Leaders: Technology & Communications, Services

The best performing sector as of midday Tuesday is the Technology & Communications sector, up 0.1%. Within that group, Advanced Micro Devices Inc (Symbol: AMD) and Activision Blizzard, Inc. (Symbol: ATVI) are two of the day's stand-outs, showing a gain of 11.5% and 3.0%, respectively. Among technology ETFs, one ETF following the sector is the Technology Select Sector SPDR ETF (Symbol: XLK), which is up 0.3% on the day, and up 19.03% year-to-date. Advanced Micro Devices Inc, meanwhile, is up 59.72% year-to-date, and Activision Blizzard, Inc., is down 5.67% year-to-date. AMD makes up approximately 0.5% of the underlying holdings of XLK.

The next best performing sector is the Services sector, not showing much of a loss. Among large Services stocks, Dish Network Corp (Symbol: DISH) and Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc (Symbol: CMG) are the most notable, showing a gain of 3.8% and 2.4%, respectively. One ETF closely tracking Services stocks is the iShares U.S. Consumer Services ETF (IYC), which is up 0.4% in midday trading, and up 15.75% on a year-to-date basis. Dish Network Corp, meanwhile, is up 42.29% year-to-date, and Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc is up 57.08% year-to-date. Combined, DISH and CMG make up approximately 0.7% of the underlying holdings of IYC.

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, one sector is up on the day, while seven sectors are down.

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