now on the-Monday Sector Leaders: Technology & Communications, Healthcare

Looking at the sectors faring best as of midday Monday, shares of Technology & Communications companies are outperforming other sectors, losing just 1.2%. Within the sector, NVIDIA Corp (Symbol: NVDA) and Etsy Inc (Symbol: ETSY) are two of the day’s stand-outs, showing a gain of 3.3% and 3.0%, respectively. Among technology ETFs, one ETF following the sector is the Technology Select Sector SPDR ETF (Symbol: XLK), which is down 1.6% on the day, and up 14.18% year-to-date. NVIDIA Corp, meanwhile, is up 43.80% year-to-date, and Etsy Inc is up 6.78% year-to-date. NVDA makes up approximately 4.5% of the underlying holdings of XLK.

The next best performing sector is the Healthcare sector, losing just 1.4%. Among large Healthcare stocks, Catalent Inc (Symbol: CTLT) and Illumina Inc (Symbol: ILMN) are the most notable, showing a gain of 1.5% and 1.4%, respectively. One ETF closely tracking Healthcare stocks is the Health Care Select Sector SPDR ETF (XLV), which is down 1.5% in midday trading, and up 12.47% on a year-to-date basis. Catalent Inc, meanwhile, is up 6.45% year-to-date, and Illumina Inc is up 27.61% year-to-date. Combined, CTLT and ILMN make up approximately 1.8% of the underlying holdings of XLV.

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 Monday. As you can see, none of the sectors are up on the day, while nine sectors are down.
Sector % Change
Technology & Communications -1.2%
Healthcare -1.4%
Consumer Products -1.7%
Services -1.7%
Utilities 2.4%
Industrial -2.5%
Materials -2.8%
Financial -3.2%
Energy -4.7%

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