In afternoon trading on Monday, Utilities stocks are the best performing sector, up 0.2%. Within the sector, American Electric Power Co Inc (NYSE:AEP) and WEC Energy Group Inc (NYSE:WEC) are two large stocks leading the way, showing a gain of 1.0% and 0.8%, 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 16.68% year-to-date. American Electric Power Co Inc, meanwhile, is up 23.78% year-to-date, and WEC Energy Group Inc is up 26.10% year-to-date. Combined, AEP and WEC make up approximately 8.7% of the underlying holdings of XLU.
The next best performing sector is the Healthcare sector, higher by 0.2%. Among large Healthcare stocks, Gilead Sciences Inc (NASDAQ:GILD) and Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ:REGN) are the most notable, showing a gain of 2.8% and 1.8%, respectively. One ETF closely tracking Healthcare stocks is the Health Care Select Sector SPDR ETF (XLV), which is up 0.3% in midday trading, and up 8.00% on a year-to-date basis. Gilead Sciences Inc, meanwhile, is up 10.86% year-to-date, and Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, Inc., is down 20.25% year-to-date. Combined, GILD and REGN make up approximately 3.1% 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 Monday. As you can see, two sectors are up on the day, while four sectors are down.
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