In afternoon trading on Wednesday, Utilities stocks are the worst performing sector, showing a 3.0% loss. Within that group, Alliant Energy Corp (Symbol: LNT) and NRG Energy Inc (Symbol: NRG) are two of the day's laggards, showing a loss of 19.1% and 4.0%, respectively. Among utilities ETFs , one ETF following the sector is the Utilities Select Sector SPDR ETF (Symbol: XLU), which is down 1.9% on the day, and roughly flat year-to-date. Alliant Energy Corp, meanwhile, is roughly flat on a year-to-date basis, and NRG Energy Inc, is roughly flat on a year-to-date basis. Combined, LNT and NRG make up approximately 3.0% of the underlying holdings of XLU.
The next worst performing sector is the Healthcare sector, showing a 0.9% loss. Among large Healthcare stocks, Hologic Inc (Symbol: HOLX) and ABIOMED, Inc. (Symbol: ABMD) are the most notable, showing a loss of 5.5% and 4.1%, respectively. One ETF closely tracking Healthcare stocks is the Health Care Select Sector SPDR ETF ( XLV ), which is down 1.5% in midday trading, and roughly flat year-to-date. Hologic Inc, meanwhile, is roughly flat on a year-to-date basis, and ABIOMED, Inc., is roughly flat on a year-to-date basis. Combined, HOLX and ABMD make up approximately 0.8% 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 Wednesday. As you can see, five sectors are up on the day, while four sectors are down.
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