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The Zacks Analyst Blog Highlights: SPDR Health Care Select Sector Fund, SPDR S&P 500, SPDRS&P Biotech ETF, PowerShares S&P SmallCap Health Care Portfolio and PowerShares Dynamic Biotechnology & Genome Portfolio
Date:8/28/2013

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The healthcare space has led the broad market for most of the first half of 2013 and continues its incredible run into the second half as well (read: Top ETFs of the First Half of the Year). In fact, the SPDR Health Care Select Sector Fund (AMEX: XLV-Free Report) is up nearly 24.9% in the year-to-date timeframe compared to 17.0% gains for SPDR S&P 500 (AMEX: SPY-Free Report).

This is largely thanks to some sector rotation along with strength in biotechnology and the pharmaceuticals firms. Investors of late have been moving out of lower risk, high dividend sectors like utilities and real estate investment trusts, into higher risk, growth sectors like financials, consumer discretionary and healthcare.

The healthcare space will likely be a bright spot going forward as the U.S. is one of the major markets for healthcare and one of the largest spenders on public health, putting the sector in an advantageous position.

The sector is poised to benefit from the aging population, higher rates of chronic disease, growing demand in emerging markets, product launches and increased mergers & acquisitions. Further, the sector also looks well positioned to profit from the imminent Affordable
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