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Friday Sector Leaders: Utilities, Healthcare


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Looking at the sectors faring best as of midday Friday, shares of Utilities companies are outperforming other sectors, higher by 1.1%. Within that group, Public Service Enterprise Group Inc (Symbol: PEG) and Dominion Resources Inc (Symbol: D) are two large stocks leading the way, showing a gain of 2.9% and 1.8%, respectively. Among utilities ETFs , one ETF following the sector is the Utilities Select Sector SPDR ETF (Symbol: XLU), which is up 0.2% on the day, and up 14.52% year-to-date. Public Service Enterprise Group Inc, meanwhile, is up 18.42% year-to-date, and Dominion Resources Inc is up 16.37% year-to-date. Combined, PEG and D make up approximately 11.5% of the underlying holdings of XLU.

The next best performing sector is the Healthcare sector, up 0.1%. Among large Healthcare stocks, Endo International plc (Symbol: ENDP) and Alexion Pharmaceuticals Inc. (Symbol: ALXN) are the most notable, showing a gain of 3.2% and 2.5%, respectively. One ETF closely tracking Healthcare stocks is the Health Care Select Sector SPDR ETF ( XLV ), which is down 0.3% in midday trading, and down 2.28% on a year-to-date basis. Endo International plc, meanwhile, is down 73.95% year-to-date, and Alexion Pharmaceuticals Inc., is down 37.27% year-to-date. Combined, ENDP and ALXN make up approximately 1.1% 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:

Metals 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, three sectors are up on the day, while five sectors are down.

Sector % Change
Utilities +1.1%
Healthcare +0.1%
Energy +0.1%
Financial 0.0%
Consumer Products -0.2%
Industrial -0.3%
Services -0.5%
Materials -0.5%
Technology & Communications -0.6%

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