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By Market News Video Staff, Thursday, April 20, 3:12 PM ET
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Looking at the sectors faring worst as of midday Thursday, shares of Utilities companies are underperforming other sectors, showing a 0.5% loss. Within the sector, NRG Energy Inc (NYSE:NRG) and WEC Energy Group Inc (NYSE:WEC) are two large stocks that are lagging, showing a loss of 2.4% and 1.2%, respectively. Among utilities ETFs, one ETF following the sector is the Utilities Select Sector SPDR ETF (AMEX:XLU), which is down 0.5% on the day, and up 6.66% year-to-date. NRG Energy Inc, meanwhile, is up 42.58% year-to-date, and WEC Energy Group Inc is up 2.79% year-to-date. Combined, NRG and WEC make up approximately 3.9% of the underlying holdings of XLU.

The next worst performing sector is the Consumer Products sector, up 0.6%. Among large Consumer Products stocks, Philip Morris International Inc (NYSE:PM) and Kimberly-Clark Corp. (NYSE:KMB) are the most notable, showing a loss of 3.9% and 1.1%, respectively. One ETF closely tracking Consumer Products stocks is the iShares U.S. Consumer Goods ETF (IYK), which is up 0.1% in midday trading, and up 8.19% on a year-to-date basis. Philip Morris International Inc, meanwhile, is up 20.78% year-to-date, and Kimberly-Clark Corp. is up 16.23% year-to-date. Combined, PM and KMB make up approximately 9.7% of the underlying holdings of IYK.

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:

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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.

Sector% Change
Technology & Communications+0.9%
Consumer Products+0.6%

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