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Looking at the sectors faring best as of midday Thursday, shares of Consumer Products companies are outperforming other sectors, up 0.5%. Within the sector, Conagra Brands Inc (NYSE:CAG) and Whirlpool Corp (NYSE:WHR) are two large stocks leading the way, showing a gain of 5.2% and 3.0%, respectively. Among consumer products ETFs, one ETF following the sector is the iShares U.S. Consumer Goods ETF (NYSE:IYK), which is up 0.6% on the day, and up 20.27% year-to-date. Conagra Brands Inc, meanwhile, is up 50.18% year-to-date, and Whirlpool Corp is up 48.22% year-to-date. Combined, CAG and WHR make up approximately 1.1% of the underlying holdings of IYK.

The next best performing sector is the Utilities sector, up 0.5%. Among large Utilities stocks, NiSource Inc. (NYSE:NI) and PPL Corp (NYSE:PPL) are the most notable, showing a gain of 1.8% and 1.6%, respectively. One ETF closely tracking Utilities stocks is the Utilities Select Sector SPDR ETF (XLU), which is up 0.8% in midday trading, and up 25.65% on a year-to-date basis. NiSource Inc. , meanwhile, is up 23.12% year-to-date, and PPL Corp is up 16.06% year-to-date. Combined, NI and PPL make up approximately 3.9% of the underlying holdings of XLU.

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:

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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, four sectors are up on the day, while five sectors are down.

Sector% Change
Consumer Products+0.5%
Technology & Communications-0.1%

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