Looking at the sectors faring best as of midday Friday, shares of Utilities companies are outperforming other sectors, higher by 0.5%. Within that group, Entergy Corp (NYSE:ETR) and Alliant Energy Corp (NASDAQ:LNT) are two large stocks leading the way, showing a gain of 1.1% and 1.0%, respectively. Among utilities ETFs, one ETF following the sector is the Utilities Select Sector SPDR ETF (NYSE:XLU), which is up 0.4% on the day, and up 10.81% year-to-date. Entergy Corp, meanwhile, is up 15.02% year-to-date, and Alliant Energy Corp is up 13.82% year-to-date. Combined, ETR and LNT make up approximately 3.8% of the underlying holdings of XLU.
The next best performing sector is the Healthcare sector, losing just 0.7%. Among large Healthcare stocks, Cooper Companies, Inc. (NYSE:COO) and Centene Corp (NYSE:CNC) are the most notable, showing a gain of 2.9% and 1.7%, respectively. One ETF closely tracking Healthcare stocks is the Health Care Select Sector SPDR ETF (XLV), which is down 0.7% in midday trading, and up 1.33% on a year-to-date basis. Cooper Companies, Inc. , meanwhile, is up 15.83% year-to-date, and Centene Corp is up 0.59% year-to-date. Combined, COO and CNC make up approximately 1.1% 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 Friday. As you can see, one sector is up on the day, while eight sectors are down.
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