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Top 5 Health Care Stocks of 2018 by Performance

Top 5 Health Care Stocks of 2018 by Performance

The healthcare sector performed well in 2018, driven by positive growth in sub-segments such as medical devices, health insurance, hospitals, nursing homes, and pharmaceuticals, which offset losses in biomedical and genetics, home healthcare, medical, and dental supplies. Moving ahead into 2019, as the decade-long expansion faces a period of heightened volatility and risk, the health care sector should benefit from a shift towards more defensive sectors. In a recent sector roundup from Charles Schwab, the firm rated health care at "outperform," citing the group’s strong balance sheets, attractive dividend yields, and improved cost structure.