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Shining A Spotlight On Ailing Health Care ETFs

Written by David Fabian, January 04th, 2017

When looking over the last decade of sector returns on a year-by-year basis, it’s rare to see health care fall to the bottom of the stack.  Yet that unusual event is exactly what occurred in calendar year 2016.

Over the last twelve month, the Health Care Select Sector SPDR (XLV) posted a total return of -2.76%.  That final performance includes dividends and carries the stigma of being the only major S&P sector to finish the year in negative territory.  To put things in perspective, energy stocks gained 28% in total return over the same time frame.

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