Looking at the sectors faring worst as of midday Tuesday, shares of Utilities companies are underperforming other sectors, showing a 0.7% loss. Within the sector, NRG Energy Inc (NYSE:NRG) and AES Corp. (NYSE:AES) are two large stocks that are lagging, showing a loss of 2.7% and 1.6%, respectively. Among utilities ETFs, one ETF following the sector is the Utilities Select Sector SPDR ETF (NYSE:XLU), which is down 0.7% on the day, and up 21.37% year-to-date. NRG Energy Inc, meanwhile, is up 0.56% year-to-date, and AES Corp. is up 22.39% year-to-date. Combined, NRG and AES make up approximately 2.4% of the underlying holdings of XLU.
The next worst performing sector is the Healthcare sector, showing a 0.6% loss. Among large Healthcare stocks, Mylan NV (NASDAQ:MYL) and Idexx Laboratories, Inc. (NASDAQ:IDXX) are the most notable, showing a loss of 6.5% and 5.2%, respectively. One ETF closely tracking Healthcare stocks is the Health Care Select Sector SPDR ETF (XLV), which is down 0.6% in midday trading, and up 9.93% on a year-to-date basis. Mylan NV, meanwhile, is down 32.65% year-to-date, and Idexx Laboratories, Inc. is up 41.96% year-to-date. Combined, MYL and IDXX make up approximately 1.0% 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:
Here's a snapshot of how the S&P 500 components within the various sectors are faring in afternoon trading on Tuesday. As you can see, four sectors are up on the day, while three sectors are down.
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