In afternoon trading on Wednesday, Healthcare stocks are the best performing sector, higher by 1.0%. Within that group, Endo International plc (Symbol: ENDP) and Mylan NV (Symbol: MYL) are two of the day's stand-outs, showing a gain of 8.0% and 3.9%, respectively. Among healthcare ETFs , one ETF following the sector is the Health Care Select Sector SPDR ETF (Symbol: XLV), which is up 0.8% on the day, and up 6.51% year-to-date. Endo International plc, meanwhile, is down 17.06% year-to-date, and Mylan NV is up 11.01% year-to-date. Combined, ENDP and MYL make up approximately 0.8% of the underlying holdings of XLV.
The next best performing sector is the Technology & Communications sector, up 0.7%. Among large Technology & Communications stocks, FLIR Systems, Inc. (Symbol: FLIR) and Analog Devices Inc (Symbol: ADI) are the most notable, showing a gain of 7.8% and 3.6%, 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 7.18% on a year-to-date basis. FLIR Systems, Inc., meanwhile, is up 1.69% year-to-date, and Analog Devices Inc is up 11.00% year-to-date. Combined, FLIR and ADI make up approximately 0.6% 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 Wednesday. As you can see, six sectors are up on the day, while two sectors are down.
Technology & Communications