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Friday Sector Leaders: Energy, Healthcare

In afternoon trading on Friday, Energy stocks are the best performing sector, up 1.2%. Within that group, Newfield Exploration Co (NYSE: NFX) and Apache Corp (NYSE: APA) are two large stocks leading the way, showing a gain of 4.3% and 3.6%, respectively. Among energy ETFs, one ETF following the sector is the Energy Select Sector SPDR ETF (AMEX: XLE), which is up 0.6% on the day, and down 6.27% year-to-date. Newfield Exploration Co, meanwhile, is down 24.09% year-to-date, and Apache Corp, is down 30.38% year-to-date. Combined, NFX and APA make up approximately 2.8% of the underlying holdings of XLE.

The next best performing sector is the Healthcare sector, higher by 0.8%. Among large Healthcare stocks, DENTSPLY SIRONA Inc (NASD: XRAY) and Hologic Inc (NASD: HOLX) are the most notable, showing a gain of 6.0% and 3.3%, respectively. One ETF closely tracking Healthcare stocks is the Health Care Select Sector SPDR ETF (XLV), which is up 0.6% in midday trading, and up 19.36% on a year-to-date basis. DENTSPLY SIRONA Inc, meanwhile, is up 12.74% year-to-date, and Hologic Inc, is down 1.05% year-to-date. Combined, XRAY and HOLX make up approximately 0.8% of the underlying holdings of XLV.

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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 Friday. As you can see, five sectors are up on the day, while three sectors are down.

Sector % Change
Energy +1.2%
Healthcare +0.8%
Utilities +0.7%
Technology & Communications +0.3%
Materials +0.2%
Industrial -0.0%
Services -0.1%
Consumer Products -0.3%
Financial -0.4%

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