In afternoon trading on Wednesday, Services stocks are the best performing sector, up 0.9%. Within that group, AutoNation, Inc. (NYSE:AN) and Carmax Inc. (NYSE:KMX) are two large stocks leading the way, showing a gain of 4.3% and 3.5%, respectively. Among the largest ETFs, one ETF closely following services stocks is the iShares U.S. Consumer Services ETF (AMEX:IYC), which is up 0.4% on the day, and up 6.86% year-to-date. AutoNation, Inc., meanwhile, is down 10.89% year-to-date, and Carmax Inc., is down 10.61% year-to-date. Combined, AN and KMX make up approximately 0.4% of the underlying holdings of IYC.
The next best performing sector is the Healthcare sector, up 0.6%. Among large Healthcare stocks, Intuitive Surgical Inc (NASDAQ:ISRG) and Illumina Inc (NASDAQ:ILMN) are the most notable, showing a gain of 7.2% and 2.5%, respectively. One ETF closely tracking Healthcare stocks is the Health Care Select Sector SPDR ETF (XLV), which is up 0.5% in midday trading, and up 7.45% on a year-to-date basis. Intuitive Surgical Inc, meanwhile, is up 28.32% year-to-date, and Illumina Inc is up 40.39% year-to-date. Combined, ISRG and ILMN make up approximately 2.0% 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 Wednesday. As you can see, seven sectors are up on the day, while two sectors are down.
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