Looking at the sectors faring best as of midday Wednesday, shares of Utilities companies are outperforming other sectors, up 0.3%. Within that group, AES Corp. (NYSE:AES) and NextEra Energy Inc (NYSE:NEE) are two large stocks leading the way, showing a gain of 1.4% and 1.2%, respectively. Among utilities ETFs, one ETF following the sector is the Utilities Select Sector SPDR ETF (AMEX:XLU), which is up 0.4% on the day, and up 16.99% year-to-date. AES Corp., meanwhile, is down 2.28% year-to-date, and NextEra Energy Inc is up 35.13% year-to-date. Combined, AES and NEE make up approximately 8.7% of the underlying holdings of XLU.
The next best performing sector is the Technology & Communications sector, up 0.3%. Among large Technology & Communications stocks, Adobe Systems Inc (NASDAQ:ADBE) and Salesforce.com Inc (NYSE:CRM) are the most notable, showing a gain of 3.2% and 2.0%, respectively. One ETF closely tracking Technology & Communications stocks is the Technology Select Sector SPDR ETF (XLK), which is up 0.7% in midday trading, and up 31.43% on a year-to-date basis. Adobe Systems Inc, meanwhile, is up 68.01% year-to-date, and Salesforce.com Inc is up 49.96% year-to-date. Combined, ADBE and CRM make up approximately 1.9% of the underlying holdings of XLK.
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, four sectors are up on the day, while four sectors are down.
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