|Bid||0.00 x 4000|
|Ask||0.00 x 2900|
|Day's Range||94.07 - 94.65|
|52 Week Range||78.74 - 94.65|
|PE Ratio (TTM)||N/A|
|Expense Ratio (net)||0.14%|
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On September 21, Johnson & Johnson (JNJ) stock closed at $142.88, ~0.63% higher than the previous day’s closing price of $141.98. JNJ stock returned ~2.4% last week and is currently trading above its 50-day and 200-day moving averages of $135.35 and $128.52, respectively.
Merck (MRK) stock has risen from $54.93 on January 2 to $70.42 on September 18—a 28.2% increase year-to-date. The performance of Merck stock has been closely related to the sales, clinical trial outcomes, and regulatory decisions for the company’s leading immuno-oncology drug, Keytruda. Approved in 13 indications and eight tumor types, Keytruda reported sales of $1.7 billion in the second quarter.
As of September 19, Abbott Laboratories (ABT) has registered a rise of ~17% YTD (year-to-date). In the same period, the S&P 500 has risen ~8%. Abbott Laboratories has clearly surpassed the market’s returns so far in 2018.
The SPDR Health Care Select Sector ETF rose 0.7% toward a record high in afternoon trade Tuesday, with 55 of its 63 equity components gaining ground. Among the ETF's (XLV) members which are also Dow Jones Industrial Average components, Pfizer Inc.'s stock shot up 1.5%, putting it on track to close at the highest level since December 2001. Also, shares of Johnson & Johnson gained 0.6% toward an eight-month high, Merck & Co. Inc. tacked on 0.4% to sit just shy of its 17-year high reached last Thursday, and UnitedHealth Group Inc. slipped 0.1% and was 2.2% below its Sept. 6 record close of $269.65. The XLV's biggest gainer was Abiomed Inc.'s stock , which rallied 2.7%, while its biggest decliner was AbbVie Inc.'s stock , which shed 2.1% after California sued the company alleging the payment of illegal kickbacks. The XLV has rallied 11% over the past three months, while the Dow has tacked on 5.2%.
The healthcare industry is watching the Trump presidency closely. President Trump's promise to repeal and replace Obamacare hit repeated stumbling blocks in Congress. Despite the uncertainty surrounding these efforts to overhaul the nation's healthcare system, a number of healthcare stocks rose dramatically throughout 2017.
Currently, BSX stock is trading near its all-time high. Boston Scientific (BSX) stock has been on a bullish trend over the last year, driven by strong fundamentals, a robust acquisition strategy, and a diverse product pipeline. Why did BSX stock jump today?
On September 12, Johnson & Johnson (JNJ) stock closed at $139.36. That was a 0.61% rise from the previous day’s closing price of $138.51. Currently, JNJ stock is trading above its 50-day moving average of $133.29 and below its 200-day moving average of $127.99.
Eli Lilly (LLY) announced in a press release on September 10 that the company has initiated the IXORA-R head-to-head (or H2H) study evaluating the superiority of drugs Taltz (ixekizumab) and Tremfya (guselkumab) in patients with moderate-to-severe plaque psoriasis. The below chart shows key highlights for the IXORA-R H2H trial.
The solid performance of the healthcare market in the first eight months of 2018 has created investment opportunities. These ETFs are poised to take advantage.
Health care has been the hottest sector of the US equities market over the last three months. According to Thomson Reuters Lipper Alpha, 94 percent of health care companies exceeded earnings expectations for the second quarter. A Goldman Sachs analysis concluded that hedge funds have more than 17 percent of their assets invested in health care, making it the largest weighting of any sector.
On September 5, UnitedHealth Group (UNH) ended the trading day at $267.64. The stock was marginally down from its previous day’s closing price. However, the stock registered its 52-week high of $270.17 last week on August 30. It was trading at its 52-week low of $186 on October 13, 2017.