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Looking at the sectors faring best as of midday Tuesday, shares of Utilities companies are outperforming other sectors, higher by 1.0%. Within that group, Public Service Enterprise Group Inc (Symbol: PEG) and FirstEnergy Corp (Symbol: FE) are two large stocks leading the way, showing a gain of 1.8% and 1.7%, respectively. Among utilities ETFs , one ETF following the sector is the Utilities Select Sector SPDR ETF (Symbol: XLU), which is up 1.0% on the day, and up 19.35% year-to-date. Public Service Enterprise Group Inc, meanwhile, is up 20.41% year-to-date, and FirstEnergy Corp is up 16.97% year-to-date. Combined, PEG and FE make up approximately 5.9% of the underlying holdings of XLU.

The next best performing sector is the Consumer Products sector, higher by 0.4%. Among large Consumer Products stocks, Mattel Inc (Symbol: MAT) and Delphi Automotive plc (Symbol: DLPH) are the most notable, showing a gain of 5.3% and 4.8%, respectively. One ETF closely tracking Consumer Products stocks is the iShares U.S. Consumer Goods ETF ( IYK ), which is up 0.3% in midday trading, and up 11.74% on a year-to-date basis. Mattel Inc, meanwhile, is down 29.27% year-to-date, and Delphi Automotive plc is up 50.39% year-to-date. Combined, MAT and DLPH make up approximately 1.5% of the underlying holdings of IYK.

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, four sectors are up on the day, while five sectors are down.

Sector % Change
Utilities +1.0%
Consumer Products +0.4%
Services +0.3%
Financial +0.1%
Industrial -0.1%
Technology & Communications -0.2%
Healthcare -0.5%
Materials -0.9%
Energy -2.3%

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