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Wednesday Sector Leaders: Healthcare, Financial

Looking at the sectors faring best as of midday Wednesday, shares of Healthcare companies are outperforming other sectors, losing just 0.1%. Within the sector, Patterson Companies Inc (NASD: PDCO) and AmerisourceBergen Corp. (NYSE: ABC) are two large stocks leading the way, showing a gain of 3.0% and 2.2%, respectively. Among healthcare ETFs, one ETF following the sector is the Health Care Select Sector SPDR ETF (AMEX: XLV), which is down 0.2% on the day, and up 18.43% year-to-date. Patterson Companies Inc, meanwhile, is down 13.33% year-to-date, and AmerisourceBergen Corp., is down 0.07% year-to-date. Combined, PDCO and ABC make up approximately 0.5% of the underlying holdings of XLV.

The next best performing sector is the Financial sector, losing just 0.1%. Among large Financial stocks, Bank of America Corp. (NYSE: BAC) and Capital One Financial Corp (NYSE: COF) are the most notable, showing a gain of 1.8% and 1.7%, respectively. One ETF closely tracking Financial stocks is the Financial Select Sector SPDR ETF (XLF), which is up 0.1% in midday trading, and up 13.69% on a year-to-date basis. Bank of America Corp., meanwhile, is up 22.08% year-to-date, and Capital One Financial Corp is up 2.11% year-to-date. Combined, BAC and COF make up approximately 9.2% of the underlying holdings of XLF.

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

Sector % Change
Healthcare -0.1%
Financial -0.1%
Services -0.2%
Technology & Communications -0.4%
Industrial -0.5%
Consumer Products -0.6%
Utilities -0.7%
Materials -0.8%
Energy -1.1%

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