In afternoon trading on Tuesday, Utilities stocks are the best performing sector, higher by 0.2%. Within that group, Ameren Corp (Symbol: AEE) and AES Corp. (Symbol: AES) are two large stocks leading the way, showing a gain of 1.0% and 0.9%, respectively. Among utilities ETFs , one ETF following the sector is the Utilities Select Sector SPDR ETF (Symbol: XLU), which is up 0.1% on the day, and up 9.23% year-to-date. Ameren Corp, meanwhile, is up 7.38% year-to-date, and AES Corp., is down 1.41% year-to-date. Combined, AEE and AES make up approximately 3.2% of the underlying holdings of XLU.
The next best performing sector is the Technology & Communications sector, losing just 0.2%. Among large Technology & Communications stocks, Facebook Inc (Symbol: FB) and Alphabet Inc (Symbol: GOOGL) are the most notable, showing a gain of 1.5% and 1.4%, respectively. One ETF closely tracking Technology & Communications stocks is the Technology Select Sector SPDR ETF ( XLK ), which is up 0.2% in midday trading, and up 18.76% on a year-to-date basis. Facebook Inc, meanwhile, is up 40.96% year-to-date, and Alphabet Inc is up 24.91% year-to-date. Combined, FB and GOOGL make up approximately 12.7% of the underlying holdings of XLK.
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 eight sectors are down.
Technology & Communications