Healthcare ETFs Unmoved By Possible Humana Inc. Merger
The Dow Jones U.S. Health Care Index closed down 1.4 percent Friday.
Exchange-traded healthcare funds aim to mirror sector performance by holding a wide a mix of stocks including pharmaceutical companies, hospitals, medical device makers and insurers.
Humana, which specializes in Medicare patients, tapped Goldman Sachs Group Inc. to evaluate potential offers from CIGNA Corporation (NYSE: CI) and Aetna Inc (NYSE: AET), according to The Wall Street Journal.
IShares' Healthcare ETFs
The exchange-traded fund iShares Dow Jones US Health Care(ETF) (NYSE: IHF) picked up about 1.5 percent Friday afternoon, trading at $138.66.
Among the fund's holdings of 51 stocks across the spectrum of the health care industry are Anthem Inc (NYSE: ANTM), Cigna and Aetna.
The iShares Dow Jones US Healthcare (ETF) (NYSE: IYH) traded recently at 159.38, off $0.11.
Guggenheim's Healthcare ETF
Guggenheim S&P 500 Equal Weight Healthcare ETF (NYSE: RYH) was nearly unchanged at $159.95.
The fund has about 55 health care stocks including Aetna, Cigna and Humana.
Vanguard's Mutual Fund
Vanguard Health Care Fund Investor Shares (MUTF: VGHCX) was up nearly 1 percent at $235.29 a share. The fund's top ten investments include a range of pharmaceutical companies and the health and well-being company UnitedHealth Group Inc. (NYSE: UNH).
The Fidelity MSCI Health Care Index ETF (NYSE: FHLC) traded recently at $36.38, down $0.06.
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