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Tuesday Sector Leaders: Healthcare, Industrial


In afternoon trading on Tuesday, Healthcare stocks are the best performing sector, up 0.9%. Within that group, Medtronic PLC (NYSE: MDT) and McKesson Corp (NYSE: MCK) are two large stocks leading the way, showing a gain of 5.3% and 3.1%, respectively. Among healthcare ETFs, one ETF following the sector is the Health Care Select Sector SPDR ETF (AMEX: XLV), which is up 1.0% on the day, and up 19.78% year-to-date. Medtronic PLC, meanwhile, is up 18.56% year-to-date, and McKesson Corp is up 2.12% year-to-date. Combined, MDT and MCK make up approximately 4.6% of the underlying holdings of XLV.

The next best performing sector is the Industrial sector, higher by 0.8%. Among large Industrial stocks, Jacobs Engineering Group, Inc. (NYSE: JEC) and Expeditors International of Washington, Inc. (NASD: EXPD) are the most notable, showing a gain of 9.5% and 2.2%, respectively. One ETF closely tracking Industrial stocks is the Industrial Select Sector SPDR ETF (XLI), which is up 0.6% in midday trading, and up 16.03% on a year-to-date basis. Jacobs Engineering Group, Inc., meanwhile, is up 15.03% year-to-date, and Expeditors International of Washington, Inc. is up 14.82% year-to-date. Combined, JEC and EXPD make up approximately 0.8% of the underlying holdings of XLI.

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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 Tuesday. As you can see, six sectors are up on the day, while two sectors are down.

Sector % Change
Healthcare +0.9%
Industrial +0.8%
Technology & Communications +0.7%
Utilities +0.5%
Materials +0.5%
Financial +0.3%
Consumer Products -0.0%
Energy -0.2%
Services -0.3%