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Comparing Utilities’ Total Returns with Broader Markets

Vincent Kruger
Comparing Utilities’ Total Returns with Broader Markets

Let’s take a look at how the utilities sector’s total returns compared to other sectors in 2018. The Utilities Select Sector SPDR ETF (XLU) has returned nearly 5% YTD (year-to-date), while broader markets have returned 8% during the same period. Utilities, being one of the top-yielding sectors, underperformed many other sectors due to its weak market performance early this year.