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The worst performing sector as of midday Thursday is the Technology & Communications sector, showing a 0.1% loss. Within the sector, CenturyLink Inc (Symbol: CTL) and Western Digital Corp (Symbol: WDC) are two large stocks that are lagging, showing a loss of 4.3% and 4.2%, respectively. Among technology ETFs , one ETF following the sector is the Technology Select Sector SPDR ETF (Symbol: XLK), which is up 0.1% on the day, and up 3.26% year-to-date. CenturyLink Inc, meanwhile, is up 0.96% year-to-date, and Western Digital Corp, is down 1.95% year-to-date. WDC makes up approximately 0.2% of the underlying holdings of XLK.

The next worst performing sector is the Financial sector, up 0.2%. Among large Financial stocks, Morgan Stanley (Symbol: MS) and KeyCorp (Symbol: KEY) are the most notable, showing a loss of 3.4% and 2.3%, respectively. One ETF closely tracking Financial stocks is the Financial Select Sector SPDR ETF ( XLF ), which is up 0.2% in midday trading, and up 6.93% on a year-to-date basis. Morgan Stanley, meanwhile, is up 8.37% year-to-date, and KeyCorp is up 10.76% year-to-date. Combined, MS and KEY make up approximately 2.4% of the underlying holdings of XLF.

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 Thursday. As you can see, eight sectors are up on the day, while one sector is down.

Sector % Change
Materials +1.0%
Consumer Products +0.7%
Healthcare +0.7%
Industrial +0.7%
Services +0.6%
Energy +0.5%
Utilities +0.4%
Financial +0.2%
Technology & Communications -0.1%

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