You may be surprised which stock-market sector has been the hottest in the past year

By: Philip van Doorn

It may not surprise you that utility stocks have fared well as interest rates have declined, but a closer look at the sector may genuinely shock you.

As discussed when we reviewed the best-performing stocks of 2019, the utilities sector of the S&P 500 SPX, +0.64%  was the benchmark index’s top performer in the third quarter. But a closer look at 12-month total returns for the sectors, the full index and the Dow Jones Industrial Average DJIA, +0.33% is enlightening, and so are the longer-term figures.

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