Health Care Select Sector SPDR Fund

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The Health Care Select Sector SPDR® Fund is one of the most popular options for gaining exposure to the U.S. healthcare sector, focused on providing exposure to leading healthcare names. The Fund seeks to track the investment results of the Health Care Select Sector Index, an effective representation of the health care sector of the S&P 500 Index, offering exposure towards lower risk industries. XLV is the oldest in the segment, as such it is used widely for strategic or tactical positions to dominate the U.S. healthcare segment. XLV is among the cheapest ways to gain access to healthcare companies, and offers impressive depth of holdings as well.

  • The index includes companies from the following industries: pharmaceuticals; health care equipment & supplies; health care providers & services; biotechnology; life sciences tools & services; and health care technology

  • It allows investors to take strategic or tactical positions at a more targeted level than traditional style based investing.

  • XLV can be a good option for a sector rotation strategy or as a means of establishing a long term tilt towards the health care sector.


  • Johnson & Johnson JNJ         9.84

  • Unitedhealth Group Inc UNH 7.91

  • Abbott Laboratories ABT         4.87

  • Pfizer Inc. PFE 4.58

  • Merck & Co Inc MRK 4.41

  • Abbvie Inc ABBV         4.25

  • Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc. TMO 4.20

  • Medtronic Plc MDT         3.72

  • Lilly(Eli) & Co LLY         3.32

  • Danaher Corp. DHR 3.28

As of 04/07/21