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Tuesday Sector Leaders: Utilities, Healthcare

The best performing sector as of midday Tuesday is the Utilities sector, losing just 0.1%. Within that group, FirstEnergy Corp (Symbol: FE) and Southern Company (Symbol: SO) are two of the day's stand-outs, showing a gain of 0.6% and 0.4%, respectively. Among utilities ETFs , one ETF following the sector is the Utilities Select Sector SPDR ETF (Symbol: XLU), which is down 0.2% on the day, and up 9.66% year-to-date. FirstEnergy Corp, meanwhile, is up 9.35% year-to-date, and Southern Company is up 19.16% year-to-date. Combined, FE and SO make up approximately 9.4% of the underlying holdings of XLU.

The next best performing sector is the Healthcare sector, losing just 0.3%. Among large Healthcare stocks, Centene Corp (Symbol: CNC) and PerkinElmer, Inc. (Symbol: PKI) are the most notable, showing a gain of 2.2% and 2.0%, respectively. One ETF closely tracking Healthcare stocks is the Health Care Select Sector SPDR ETF ( XLV ), which is down 0.2% in midday trading, and up 6.45% on a year-to-date basis. Centene Corp, meanwhile, is up 0.40% year-to-date, and PerkinElmer, Inc. is up 29.61% year-to-date. Combined, CNC and PKI make up approximately 1.0% 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 Tuesday. As you can see, none of the sectors are up on the day, while nine sectors are down.

Sector % Change
Utilities -0.1%
Healthcare -0.3%
Technology & Communications -0.5%
Services -0.8%
Financial -0.8%
Consumer Products -0.9%
Materials -0.9%
Industrial -1.1%
Energy -1.4%

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