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The best performing sector as of midday Friday is the Utilities sector, up 2.3%. Within that group, PG&E Corp (NYSE:PCG) and Edison International (NYSE:EIX) are two large stocks leading the way, showing a gain of 37.8% and 14.4%, respectively. Among utilities ETFs, one ETF following the sector is the Utilities Select Sector SPDR ETF (NYSE:XLU), which is up 1.4% on the day, and up 6.48% year-to-date. PG&E Corp , meanwhile, is down 45.48% year-to-date, and Edison International, is down 11.73% year-to-date. Combined, PCG and EIX make up approximately 4.4% of the underlying holdings of XLU.

The next best performing sector is the Healthcare sector, higher by 0.5%. Among large Healthcare stocks, Universal Health Services, Inc. (NYSE:UHS) and Cooper Companies, Inc. (NYSE:COO) are the most notable, showing a gain of 3.8% and 2.9%, respectively. One ETF closely tracking Healthcare stocks is the Health Care Select Sector SPDR ETF (XLV), which is up 0.9% in midday trading, and up 12.38% on a year-to-date basis. Universal Health Services, Inc., meanwhile, is up 17.48% year-to-date, and Cooper Companies, Inc. is up 21.51% year-to-date. Combined, UHS and COO make up approximately 0.7% 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:

Preferred Stock Channel

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
Consumer Products+0.2%
Technology & Communications-0.4%

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