Health Care ETF’s Offer Diversification In The Industry (IHF, PPH, IBB, IHI, DBR)

healthcare-etfs“The uncertainty over the future of health care has exacted a toll on the industry. ETFs like iShares Dow Jones US Healthcare Provider (IHF), Pharmaceutical HOLDRs (PPH) and iShares Biotechnology (IBB) all will be affected differently by changes in legislation. One fact remains indisputable, however: America is getting older. As baby boomers reach old age, health care costs are expected to skyrocket. Whether or not new legislation transforms our existing system, costs likely will rise over the long term,”  Don Dion Reports From The Street.

“Picking individual drug companies or health care providers can be a tricky business, as outside factors like drug trials, lawsuits and legislation can weigh on results. ETFs are an effective way to mitigate the risk of investing in a single health care company by exposing investors to a basket of securities, rather than a hit-or-miss pick,”  Dion Reports.

“The three main categories of health care ETFs are pharmaceutical, health care provider and biotechnology. Other, more specialized ETFs like iShares Dow Jones U.S. Medical Devices Index Fund (IHI) and international funds like WisdomTree International Health Care Sector Fund (DBR) offer different perspectives,”  Dion Reports.

Here is a list of each ETF with the basket of holdings in each one below:

TOP 10 HOLDINGS (IHF) ( 65.11% OF TOTAL ASSETS)  
 
Company Symbol % Assets
AETNA INC. NEW (AET) 5.85
CIGNA CP (CI) 4
DAVITA INC (DVA) 3.28
Express Scripts, Inc. (ESRX) 7.56
HUMANA INC (HUM) 3.47
LABORATORY CORP NEW (LH) 4.3
MEDCOHEALTH SOLUTNS (MHS) 9.43
QUEST DIAGNOSTC (DGX) 4.88
UNITEDHEALTH GROUP (UNH) 11.83
WELLPOINT INC. (WLP) 10.51
TOP 10 HOLDINGS (PPH) ( 92.45% OF TOTAL ASSETS)  
 
Company Symbol % Assets
ABBOTT LABORATORIES (ABT) 10.79
Affymetrix Pfd N/A 8.96
BRISTOL-MYERS SQUIBB (BMY) 6.01
LILLY ELI CO (LLY) 5.78
FOREST LABS CL A (FRX) 1.67
JOHNSON AND JOHNS DC (JNJ) 24.36
MEDCOHEALTH SOLUTNS (MHS) 4.55
MERCK CO INC (MRK) 10.23
PFIZER INC (PFE) 14.26
SCHERING PLOUGH CP (SGP) 5.84
TOP 10 HOLDINGS (IHI)  ( 59.79% OF TOTAL ASSETS)  
 
Company Symbol % Assets
BECKMAN COULTER INC (BEC) 3.3
BOSTON SCIENTIFIC CP (BSX) 7.29
Intuitive Surgical, Inc. (ISRG) 4.22
MEDTRONIC INC (MDT) 11.8
ST. JUDE MEDICAL (STJ) 7.01
STRYKER CP (SYK) 6.14
THERMO FISHER SCIENT (TMO) 7.51
VARIAN MED SYS INC (VAR) 3.38
WATERS CP (WAT) 3.85
ZIMMER HOLDINGS INC (ZMH) 5.29
TOP 10 HOLDINGS (DBR) ( 48.61% OF TOTAL ASSETS)  
 
Company Symbol % Assets
Astellas Pharma Inc. N/A 2.42
ASTRAZENECA PLC ADS (AZN) 7.28
Daiichi Sankyo Co., Ltd. N/A 2.07
Eisai N/A 2.27
GlaxoSmithKline PLC N/A 6.73
Novartis N/A 6.11
NOVO NORDISK -B- (NOVOB.CO) 2.51
Roche Holding AG N/A 6.59
SANOFI-AVENTIS (SAN.PA) 7.45
Takeda Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd. N/A 5.18

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