The best performing sector as of midday Thursday is the Materials sector, higher by 2.5%. Within the sector, Martin Marietta Materials, Inc. (NYSE:MLM) and Vulcan Materials Co (NYSE:VMC) are two large stocks leading the way, showing a gain of 8.4% and 5.9%, respectively. Among the high volume ETFs, one ETF closely following materials stocks is the Materials Select Sector SPDR ETF (NYSE:XLB), which is up 2.3% on the day, and up 4.63% year-to-date. Martin Marietta Materials, Inc., meanwhile, is down 3.50% year-to-date, and Vulcan Materials Co is up 1.83% year-to-date. Combined, MLM and VMC make up approximately 5.0% of the underlying holdings of XLB.
The next best performing sector is the Energy sector, up 1.8%. Among large Energy stocks, Trane Technologies plc (NYSE:TT) and Exxon Mobil Corp (NYSE:XOM) are the most notable, showing a gain of 4.2% and 3.8%, respectively. One ETF closely tracking Energy stocks is the Energy Select Sector SPDR ETF (XLE), which is up 2.3% in midday trading, and down 50.11% on a year-to-date basis. Trane Technologies plc, meanwhile, is up 4.42% year-to-date, and Exxon Mobil Corp, is down 49.29% year-to-date. XOM makes up approximately 22.8% of the underlying holdings of XLE.
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, nine sectors are up on the day, while none of the sectors are down.
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