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The Zacks Analyst Blog Highlights: Powershares Dynamic Pharmaceuticals ETF, SPDR S&P Pharmaceuticals ETF, iShares U.S. Pharmaceuticals and Market Vectors Pharmaceutical
Date:8/25/2014

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Several important products have gained approval so far this year including oral multiple sclerosis drug Tecfidera, type II diabetes drug Invokana, Liptruzet (cholesterol), Fetzima (major depressive disorder), Imbruvica (mantle cell lymphoma), Gazyva (chronic lymphocytic leukemia) and Sovaldi (HCV). Tecfidera is off to a strong start with its sales surpassing expectations by a wide margin.

Pharma ETFs in Focus

Highlighted below are some pharma ETFs - ETFs present a low-cost and convenient way to get a diversified exposure to the sector. See all Healthcare ETFs here.

Powershares Dynamic Pharmaceuticals ETF (AMEX: PJP-Free Report)

PJP, launched in Jun 2005 by Invesco PowerShares, tracks the Dynamic Pharmaceuticals Intellidex Index. The fund covers only health care stocks. The top 3 holdings are large-cap biotech companies, Celgene (5.21%), Gilead Sciences, Inc. (4.99%) and Amgen (4.96%). The total assets of the fund as of Dec 10, 2013 were $901.1 million representing 30 holdings. The fund's expense ratio is 0.63% while dividend yield is 1.03%. The trading volume is roughly 203,608 shares per day.

SPDR S&P Pharmaceuticals ETF (AMEX: XPH-Free Report)

XPH, launched in Jun 2006, tracks the S&P Pharmaceuticals Select Industry Index. This ETF is totally dedicated to the pharma sector with the top 3 holdings being Endo Health Solutions Inc. (4.83%), Santarus, Inc. (4.66%) and Jazz Pharmaceuticals Public Limited Company (4.30%).

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