Looking at the sectors faring worst as of midday Wednesday, shares of Utilities companies are underperforming other sectors, showing a 1.6% loss. Within that group, SCANA Corp (Symbol: SCG) and PPL Corp (Symbol: PPL) are two of the day's laggards, showing a loss of 7.5% and 2.5%, respectively. Among utilities ETFs , one ETF following the sector is the Utilities Select Sector SPDR ETF (Symbol: XLU), which is down 1.4% on the day, and up 11.40% year-to-date. SCANA Corp, meanwhile, is down 27.37% year-to-date, and PPL Corp is up 14.41% year-to-date. Combined, SCG and PPL make up approximately 5.3% of the underlying holdings of XLU.
The next worst performing sector is the Consumer Products sector, showing a 0.3% loss. Among large Consumer Products stocks, Delphi Automotive plc (Symbol: DLPH) and Nike (Symbol: NKE) are the most notable, showing a loss of 4.0% and 3.2%, respectively. One ETF closely tracking Consumer Products stocks is the iShares U.S. Consumer Goods ETF ( IYK ), which is down 0.7% in midday trading, and up 9.91% on a year-to-date basis. Delphi Automotive plc, meanwhile, is up 48.29% year-to-date, and Nike is up 3.31% year-to-date. Combined, DLPH and NKE make up approximately 4.3% 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 Wednesday. As you can see, six sectors are up on the day, while two sectors are down.
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