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Wednesday Sector Leaders: Energy, Industrial

Looking at the sectors faring best as of midday Wednesday, shares of Energy companies are outperforming other sectors, higher by 1.0%. Within that group, Newfield Exploration Co (Symbol: NFX) and Anadarko Petroleum Corp (Symbol: APC) are two of the day's stand-outs, showing a gain of 3.1% and 2.3%, respectively. Among energy ETFs , one ETF following the sector is the Energy Select Sector SPDR ETF (Symbol: XLE), which is up 0.6% on the day, and up 12.28% year-to-date. Newfield Exploration Co, meanwhile, is up 15.01% year-to-date, and Anadarko Petroleum Corp, is down 0.10% year-to-date. Combined, NFX and APC make up approximately 2.2% of the underlying holdings of XLE.

The next best performing sector is the Industrial sector, up 0.6%. Among large Industrial stocks, Global Payments Inc (Symbol: GPN) and General Electric Co (Symbol: GE) are the most notable, showing a gain of 4.5% and 3.1%, respectively. One ETF closely tracking Industrial stocks is the Industrial Select Sector SPDR ETF ( XLI ), which is up 0.5% in midday trading, and up 16.43% on a year-to-date basis. Global Payments Inc, meanwhile, is up 18.92% year-to-date, and General Electric Co is up 35.93% year-to-date. GE makes up approximately 3.8% of the underlying holdings of XLI.

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, eight sectors are up on the day, while one sector is down.

Sector % Change
Energy +1.0%
Industrial +0.6%
Financial +0.4%
Technology & Communications +0.4%
Consumer Products +0.2%
Services +0.2%
Healthcare +0.2%
Materials +0.2%
Utilities -0.6%

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The views and opinions expressed herein are the views and opinions of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of Nasdaq, Inc.

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