Looking at the sectors faring best as of midday Tuesday, shares of Utilities companies are outperforming other sectors, losing just 0.1%. Within that group, PG&E Corp. (Symbol: PCG) and Sempra Energy (Symbol: SRE) are two large stocks leading the way, showing a gain of 0.7% and 0.7%, respectively. Among utilities ETFs , one ETF following the sector is the Utilities Select Sector SPDR ETF (Symbol: XLU), which is flat on the day on the day, and up 5.87% year-to-date. PG&E Corp. , meanwhile, is up 8.94% year-to-date, and Sempra Energy is up 10.00% year-to-date. Combined, PCG and SRE make up approximately 9.3% of the underlying holdings of XLU.
The next best performing sector is the Financial sector, losing just 0.2%. Among large Financial stocks, Humana Inc. (Symbol: HUM) and Northern Trust Corp. (Symbol: NTRS) are the most notable, showing a gain of 2.6% and 0.9%, respectively. One ETF closely tracking Financial stocks is the Financial Select Sector SPDR ETF ( XLF ), which is down 0.1% in midday trading, and up 6.45% on a year-to-date basis. Humana Inc., meanwhile, is up 7.15% year-to-date, and Northern Trust Corp., is down 0.22% year-to-date. NTRS makes up approximately 0.6% 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 Tuesday. As you can see, none of the sectors are up on the day, while nine sectors are down.
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