The Health Care sector ranks 2nd out of the ten sectors as detailed in my sector roadmap. It gets my Neutral rating, which is based on aggregation of ratings of 22 ETFs and 86 mutual funds in the Health Care sector as of April 13, 2012. Reports on the best & worst ETFs and mutual funds in every sector and style are on my blog and the Trading Deck.
Figures 1 and 2 show the five best and worst-rated ETFs and mutual funds in the sector. The best ETFs and mutual funds allocate more value to Attractive-or-better-rated stocks than the worst ETFs and mutual funds, which allocate too much value to Neutral-or-worse-rated stocks.
To identify the best and avoid the worst ETFs and mutual funds within the Health Care sector, investors need a predictive rating based on (1) stocks ratings of the holdings and (2) the all-in expenses of each ETF and mutual fund. Investors need not rely on backward-looking ratings.
Investors seeking exposure to the Health Care sector should buy one of the Attractive-or-better rated ETFs or mutual funds from Figures 1 and 2. My ratings and free reports on all ETFs and mutual funds in this sector are available on my free ETF and mutual fund screener.
Figure 1: ETFs with the Best & Worst Ratings – Top 5
Sources: New Constructs, LLC and company filings
Focus Morningstar Health Care Index ETF [s: FHC] is excluded from Figure 1 because its total net assets (TNA) are below $100 million so it does not meet our liquidity standards.
Figure 2: Mutual Funds with the Best & Worst Ratings – Top 5
Sources: New Constructs, LLC and company filings
Icon Funds: ICON Healthcare Funds [s: ICHCX] and [s: ICHEX] are excluded from Figure 2 because their total net assets (TNA) are below $100 million so they do not meet our liquidity standards.
Health Care Select Sector SPDR [s: XLV] is my top-rated Health Care ETF and Vanguard World Funds: Vanguard Health Care Index Fund [s: VHCIX] is my top-rated Health Care mutual fund. Both earn an Attractive-or-better rating. In fact, XLV is the only ETF I cover to earn my Very Attractive rating.
Amgen Inc [s: AMGN] is one of my favorite stocks held by Health Care ETFs and mutual funds and earns my Very Attractive rating. AMGN offers a strong business model with a ROIC above 14% for the last 7 years, an achievement matched by less than 4% companies in the Russell 3000 over the same time. AMGN’s current valuation at $66.92 implies a permanent 40% decline in profits. Strong profits and low expectations for future profitability offer appealing risk/reward to investors.
First Trust NYSE Arca Biotechnology Index Fund [s: FBT] is my worst-rated Health Care ETF, and Fidelity Advisor Series VII: Fidelity Advisor Biotechnology Fund [s: FBTAX] is my worst-rated Health Care mutual fund. Both earn a Dangerous-or-worse rating.
Amylin Pharmaceuticals, Inc [s: AMLN] is one of my least favorite stocks held by Health Care ETFs and mutual funds. It gets my Dangerous rating. The company is a value destroyer. Not once, over the 14 years I’ve covered the company, has it generated a return on invested capital (ROIC) that meets its weighted average cost of capital (WACC). To justify its current valuation of ~$23.7/share, the company would have to grow its revenues by 20% compounded annually for 20 years while also raising its ROIC from 3% to over 11%. With so much profit growth already baked into the current valuation, I find it difficult to believe the stock has much upside.
Figure 3 shows that 89 out of the 353 stocks (over 57% of the total net assets) held by Health Care ETFs and mutual funds get an Attractive-or-better rating. However, only 4 out of 22 Health Care ETFs (45% of total net assets) and 5 out of 86 Health Care mutual funds (less than 56% of total net assets) get an Attractive-or-better rating.
The takeaway is: most mutual fund managers allocate too much capital to low-quality stocks but investors do a great job identifying the Health Care ETFs and mutual funds with great portfolio management and low costs. Figure 3 shows that 45% of the value of ETFs and 56% of the value of mutual funds are allocated to Attractive-or-better-rated ETFs and mutual funds.
Figure 3: Health Care Sector Landscape For ETFs, Mutual Funds & Stocks
Investors need to tread carefully when considering Health Care ETFs and mutual funds. The sector does offer 9 investments worthy ETFs and mutual funds but is flooded with 99 ETFs and mutual funds that should be avoided. Figures 4 and 5 show the rating landscape of all Health Care ETFs and mutual funds.
Figures 4 and 5 show the rating landscape of all Health Care ETFs and mutual funds.
Our sector roadmap report ranks all sectors and highlights those that offer the best investments.
Figure 4: Separating the Best ETFs From the Worst ETFs
Figure 5: Separating the Best Mutual Funds From the Worst Mutual Funds
Review my full list of ratings and rankings along with free reports on all 22 Health Care ETFs and 86 Health Care mutual funds.
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