Looking at the sectors faring worst as of midday Thursday, shares of Energy companies are underperforming other sectors, showing a 1.4% loss. Within that group, Cimarex Energy Co (NYSE:XEC) and National Oilwell Varco Inc (NYSE:NOV) are two of the day's laggards, showing a loss of 4.5% and 4.3%, respectively. Among energy ETFs, one ETF following the sector is the Energy Select Sector SPDR ETF (NYSE:XLE), which is down 0.6% on the day, and up 7.57% year-to-date. Cimarex Energy Co, meanwhile, is down 27.82% year-to-date, and National Oilwell Varco Inc, is down 10.27% year-to-date. Combined, XEC and NOV make up approximately 1.2% of the underlying holdings of XLE.
The next worst performing sector is the Utilities sector, up 0.1%. Among large Utilities stocks, CenterPoint Energy, Inc (NYSE:CNP) and Exelon Corp (NASDAQ:EXC) are the most notable, showing a loss of 1.7% and 1.1%, respectively. One ETF closely tracking Utilities stocks is the Utilities Select Sector SPDR ETF (XLU), which is up 0.1% in midday trading, and up 21.22% on a year-to-date basis. CenterPoint Energy, Inc, meanwhile, is up 8.91% year-to-date, and Exelon Corp is up 9.33% year-to-date. Combined, CNP and EXC make up approximately 7.3% of the underlying holdings of XLU.
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 Thursday. As you can see, eight sectors are up on the day, while one sector is down.
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