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In afternoon trading on Friday, Utilities stocks are the worst performing sector, showing a 0.9% loss. Within the sector, AES Corp. (NYSE:AES) and SCANA Corp (NYSE:SCG) are two large stocks that are lagging, showing a loss of 3.1% and 2.9%, respectively. Among utilities ETFs, one ETF following the sector is the Utilities Select Sector SPDR ETF (AMEX:XLU), which is down 0.9% on the day, and up 12.03% year-to-date. AES Corp., meanwhile, is down 1.98% year-to-date, and SCANA Corp, is down 16.18% year-to-date. Combined, AES and SCG make up approximately 2.4% of the underlying holdings of XLU.

The next worst performing sector is the Financial sector, showing a 0.5% loss. Among large Financial stocks, Macerich Co (NYSE:MAC) and Simon Property Group, Inc. (NYSE:SPG) are the most notable, showing a loss of 3.1% and 2.8%, respectively. One ETF closely tracking Financial stocks is the Financial Select Sector SPDR ETF (XLF), which is down 0.3% in midday trading, and up 7.23% on a year-to-date basis. Macerich Co , meanwhile, is down 18.80% year-to-date, and Simon Property Group, Inc., is down 9.85% year-to-date.

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 Friday. As you can see, five sectors are up on the day, while four sectors are down.

Sector% Change
Technology & Communications+1.0%
Healthcare+0.8%
Industrial+0.5%
Services+0.4%
Consumer Products+0.3%
Materials-0.1%
Energy-0.3%
Financial-0.5%
Utilities-0.9%


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