In afternoon trading on Tuesday, Utilities stocks are the best performing sector, higher by 0.7%. Within the sector, Evergy Inc (NYSE:EVRG) and American Water Works Co, Inc. (NYSE:AWK) are two of the day's stand-outs, showing a gain of 2.5% and 1.9%, respectively. Among utilities ETFs, one ETF following the sector is the Utilities Select Sector SPDR ETF (NYSE:XLU), which is up 0.9% on the day, and up 4.24% year-to-date. Evergy Inc, meanwhile, is up 5.98% year-to-date, and American Water Works Co, Inc. is up 8.21% year-to-date. Combined, EVRG and AWK make up approximately 4.3% of the underlying holdings of XLU.
The next best performing sector is the Healthcare sector, up 0.2%. Among large Healthcare stocks, ABIOMED, Inc. (NASDAQ:ABMD) and Baxter International Inc (NYSE:BAX) are the most notable, showing a gain of 4.9% and 2.1%, respectively. One ETF closely tracking Healthcare stocks is the Health Care Select Sector SPDR ETF (XLV), which is up 0.2% in midday trading, and up 2.83% on a year-to-date basis. ABIOMED, Inc., meanwhile, is up 11.48% year-to-date, and Baxter International Inc is up 9.61% year-to-date. Combined, ABMD and BAX make up approximately 1.4% 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 Tuesday. As you can see, two sectors are up on the day, while six sectors are down.
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