5 Healthcare Stocks for a Healthy Portfolio

Healthcare is in the spotlight more than ever, and these five stocks will be the winners…

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Historically, this would have been the perfect market for healthcare stocks. The combination of a global pandemic, economic weakness, and rising geopolitical tensions in theory would send investors scurrying to the traditionally defensive sector.

Of course, at least since March, that hasn’t been how it’s played out. Some healthcare stocks have soared, most notably COVID-19 plays like Moderna (NASDAQ:MRNA) and Inovio (NASDAQ:INO). But, overall, this has been a market that’s prized growth over value, and aggressive names over defensive ones.

Those trends generally haven’t favored healthcare stocks. Indeed, the sector’s largest exchange-traded fund, the Health Care Select Sector SPDR Fund (NYSEARCA:XLV), has gained just 3.6% year-to-date. That’s modestly ahead of the S&P 500, but badly behind the tech-heavy NASDAQ Composite, which has jumped almost 20% in 2020.

But in a world with enormous uncertainty, and a market still near all-time highs, the sector as a whole looks attractive. At some point (presumably), the lust for growth at any price will ebb. That in turn might allow healthcare stocks to lead the market, rather than lag as they have over the last few years.

Investors optimistic toward the sector can go the ETF route. There are a number of solid plays in the space as well. Here are five worth considering…

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