Looking at the sectors faring best as of midday Tuesday, shares of Utilities companies are outperforming other sectors, higher by 1.1%. Within that group, NextEra Energy Inc (Symbol: NEE) and SCANA Corp (Symbol: SCG) are two large stocks leading the way, showing a gain of 2.3% and 1.9%, respectively. Among utilities ETFs , one ETF following the sector is the Utilities Select Sector SPDR ETF (Symbol: XLU), which is up 1.2% on the day, and up 17.14% year-to-date. NextEra Energy Inc, meanwhile, is up 32.55% year-to-date, and SCANA Corp, is down 36.43% year-to-date. Combined, NEE and SCG make up approximately 9.5% of the underlying holdings of XLU.
The next best performing sector is the Consumer Products sector, higher by 0.1%. Among large Consumer Products stocks, Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd (Symbol: RCL) and Mondelez International Inc (Symbol: MDLZ) are the most notable, showing a gain of 3.0% and 2.0%, respectively. One ETF closely tracking Consumer Products stocks is the iShares U.S. Consumer Goods ETF ( IYK ), which is up 0.3% in midday trading, and up 8.90% on a year-to-date basis. Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd, meanwhile, is up 59.24% year-to-date, and Mondelez International Inc, is down 5.67% year-to-date. MDLZ makes up approximately 3.1% of the underlying holdings of IYK.
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, two sectors are up on the day, while seven sectors are down.
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