With the increased focus on the healthcare industry due to the pandemic in addition to an ageing baby boom generation, healthcare stocks have grabbed the attention of many investors. To find out which companies are leading the healthcare sector, we looked at the universe of healthcare companies (100+ companies) in the US and abroad and identified which companies are the top performing healthcare stocks (50% gain or more) so far in 2021. The resulting list contains seven healthcare stocks with gains ranging from 51% to 318% and an average of 100%.
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Best Healthcare Stocks FAQ
What are the best healthcare stocks?
The best healthcare stocks so far in 2021 are Bio-Techne, Charles River Laboratories International, Eli Lilly, HCA Healthcare, Moderna, Waters, and West Pharmaceutical.
Who is the largest healthcare company?
Eli Lilly is the largest healthcare company on our 2021 Best Healthcare Stocks List with a market cap just shy of $250 billion.
Do healthcare stocks pay dividends?
Some healthcare stocks do pay dividends. In fact four of our 2021 best healthcare stocks pay between 0.2% and 1.3%.
Is there a healthcare index?
Yes. The S&P Health Care Sector Index tracks US healthcare stocks that are classified in the GICS healthcare sector. This US healthcare index started trading on December 16, 1998. There is also the S&P Global 1200 Health Care index which includes both US and international healthcare companies. This global healthcare index was launched on September 30, 1999.
Is there a health care ETF?
There are several ETFs that include healthcare stocks in their portfolio but the Health Care Select Sector SPDR ETF specifically follows US companies in the healthcare sector. XLV was launched on December 16, 1998. For an international perspective, the iShares Global Healthcare ETF offers exposure to US healthcare companies as well as healthcare companies abroad. IXJ was launched on November 13, 2001.