The best performing sector as of midday Thursday is the Services sector, up 0.5%. Within that group, Ulta Beauty Inc (NASDAQ:ULTA) and L Brands, Inc (NYSE:LB) are two large stocks leading the way, showing a gain of 5.7% and 5.0%, respectively. Among the largest ETFs, one ETF closely following services stocks is the iShares U.S. Consumer Services ETF (NYSE:IYC), which is up 0.4% on the day, and up 15.69% year-to-date. Ulta Beauty Inc, meanwhile, is up 37.22% year-to-date, and L Brands, Inc, is down 36.23% year-to-date. Combined, ULTA and LB make up approximately 0.7% of the underlying holdings of IYC.
The next best performing sector is the Financial sector, up 0.1%. Among large Financial stocks, Zions Bancorporation, N.A. (NASDAQ:ZION) and M & T Bank Corp (NYSE:MTB) are the most notable, showing a gain of 1.9% and 1.6%, respectively. One ETF closely tracking Financial stocks is the Financial Select Sector SPDR ETF (XLF), which is up 0.4% in midday trading, and down 0.57% on a year-to-date basis. Zions Bancorporation, N.A., meanwhile, is up 1.12% year-to-date, and M & T Bank Corp, is down 0.25% year-to-date. Combined, ZION and MTB make up approximately 1.1% 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 Thursday. As you can see, three sectors are up on the day, while five sectors are down.
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