The worst performing sector as of midday Wednesday is the Utilities sector, showing a 0.7% loss. Within that group, Sempra Energy (NYSE:SRE) and Duke Energy Corp (NYSE:DUK) are two large stocks that are lagging, showing a loss of 1.4% and 1.4%, respectively. Among utilities ETFs, one ETF following the sector is the Utilities Select Sector SPDR ETF (NYSE:XLU), which is down 0.8% on the day, and down 5.56% year-to-date. Sempra Energy, meanwhile, is down 2.13% year-to-date, and Duke Energy Corp, is down 8.77% year-to-date. Combined, SRE and DUK make up approximately 12.6% of the underlying holdings of XLU.
The next worst performing sector is the Financial sector, up 0.3%. Among large Financial stocks, Boston Properties Inc (NYSE:BXP) and Brighthouse Financial Inc (NASDAQ:BHF) are the most notable, showing a loss of 1.8% and 1.3%, respectively. One ETF closely tracking Financial stocks is the Financial Select Sector SPDR ETF (XLF), which is up 0.4% in midday trading, and up 1.77% on a year-to-date basis. Boston Properties Inc, meanwhile, is down 9.52% year-to-date, and Brighthouse Financial Inc, is down 18.50% year-to-date. BHF makes up approximately 0.1% of the underlying holdings of XLF.
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, eight sectors are up on the day, while one sector is down.
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