In afternoon trading on Tuesday, Energy stocks are the worst performing sector, showing a 2.3% loss. Within that group, Range Resources Corp (NYSE:RRC) and EQT Corp (NYSE:EQT) are two of the day's laggards, showing a loss of 6.2% and 6.2%, respectively. Among energy ETFs, one ETF following the sector is the Energy Select Sector SPDR ETF (AMEX:XLE), which is down 1.4% on the day, and down 7.00% year-to-date. Range Resources Corp, meanwhile, is down 49.10% year-to-date, and EQT Corp, is down 7.17% year-to-date. Combined, RRC and EQT make up approximately 1.3% of the underlying holdings of XLE.
The next worst performing sector is the Materials sector, showing a 0.9% loss. Among large Materials stocks, Freeport-McMoran Copper & Gold (NYSE:FCX) and CF Industries Holdings Inc (NYSE:CF) are the most notable, showing a loss of 5.4% and 4.2%, respectively. One ETF closely tracking Materials stocks is the Materials Select Sector SPDR ETF (XLB), which is down 1.1% in midday trading, and up 17.72% on a year-to-date basis. Freeport-McMoran Copper & Gold, meanwhile, is up 3.49% year-to-date, and CF Industries Holdings Inc is up 15.66% year-to-date. Combined, FCX and CF make up approximately 4.4% of the underlying holdings of XLB.
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, four sectors are up on the day, while five sectors are down.
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