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Friday Sector Leaders: Utilities, Technology & Communications

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The best performing sector as of midday Friday is the Utilities sector, losing just 0.5%. Within that group, Public Service Enterprise Group Inc (NYSE:PEG) and Edison International (NYSE:EIX) are two large stocks leading the way, showing a gain of 5.5% and 0.8%, 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 5.31% year-to-date. Public Service Enterprise Group Inc, meanwhile, is down 4.75% year-to-date, and Edison International, is down 24.96% year-to-date. Combined, PEG and EIX make up approximately 5.6% of the underlying holdings of XLU.

The next best performing sector is the Technology & Communications sector, losing just 0.9%. Among large Technology & Communications stocks, Apple Inc (NASDAQ:AAPL) and Arista Networks Inc (NYSE:ANET) are the most notable, showing a gain of 7.0% and 2.8%, respectively. One ETF closely tracking Technology & Communications stocks is the Technology Select Sector SPDR ETF (XLK), which is up 0.5% in midday trading, and up 18.80% on a year-to-date basis. Apple Inc, meanwhile, is up 40.80% year-to-date, and Arista Networks Inc is up 25.99% year-to-date. Combined, AAPL and ANET make up approximately 21.9% of the underlying holdings of XLK.

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 Friday. As you can see, none of the sectors are up on the day, while nine sectors are down.

Sector% Change
Technology & Communications-0.9%
Consumer Products-1.7%

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