Best Performing Health & Biotechnology ETFs 2015

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Health & biotechnology sector ETFs utilizes its assets to purchase stocks of companies involved in providing healthcare services and technological development. Typically, this sector is seen as more defensive rather than cyclical.

Top Biotech ETFs

Top Health & Biotechnology ETFs 2015These top performer ETFs are sorted based on its 1 year return performance up to March 1, 2015. You can find the fund review from this article. Other fund information can be found below such as expense ratio, Morningstar rating, fund’s NAV, managers, fund’s holdings, yield, etc.

Best performing health & biotechnology ETFs 2015 are:
  1. First Trust NYSE Arca Biotech ETF (FBT)
  2. SPDR S&P Biotech ETF (XBI)
  3. iShares US Healthcare Providers ETF (IHF)
  4. SPDR S&P Pharmaceuticals ETF (XPH)
  5. PowerShares Dynamic Pharmaceuticals ETF (PJP)
  6. SPDR S&P Health Care Services ETF (XHS)
  7. iShares US Pharmaceuticals ETF (IHE)
  8. Guggenheim S&P 500 Equal Weight HC ETF (RYH)
  9. iShares Nasdaq Biotechnology ETF (IBB)
  10. Market Vectors Biotech ETF (BBH)
  11. Vanguard Health Care ETF (VHT)
  12. Fidelity MSCI Health Care ETF (FHLC)

First Trust NYSE Arca Biotechnology Index Fund

This First Trust NYSE Arca Biotech ETF is tracking the price and yield of the NYSE Arca Biotechnology Index. The current expense fee is 0.60% per year. It has $2.88 billion of assets. The current share price is $115.23. The current dividend yield is only 0.05%.

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Morningstar has ranked this best performing health & biotechnology ETF with 4 star rating. In 2014, this fund has 1 year total return of 47.55%. This ETF has returned 43.19% over the past 3 year, and 29.62% over the past 5 year.

Top 5 stocks in its portfolio are Pharmacyclics Inc, Intercept Pharmaceuticals Inc, Novavax Inc, Celldex Therapeutics Inc, and Incyte Corp. The fund has median market cap of $7.5 billion.

SPDR S&P Biotech ETF

This SPDR S&P Biotech ETF is an index ETF that is tracking the total return performance of the S&P Biotechnology Select Industry Index. It has a low expense fee of 0.35%. This fund has 88 holdings in its assets. It has a yield of 0.93%.

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This biotech ETF has a 3 year annualized return of 41.59%. For the past 5 year, the fund performance is as follows:
  • Year 2014: 44.98%
  • Year 2013: 48.39%
  • Year 2012: 32.69%
  • Year 2011: 5.26%
  • Year 2010: 17.60%
Top 3 stocks in its portfolio are Exelixis Inc, Foundation Medicine Inc, and Halozyme Therapeutics Inc. Top sector is biotechnology (100%).

iShares US Healthcare Providers ETF

This iShares US Healthcare Providers ETF is ranked with 3 star rating by Morningstar. This fund provides exposure to U.S. companies that provide health insurance, diagnostics, and specialized treatment. It has total assets of $699 million. Its expense fee is 0.45%.

In 2014, it has 1 year return of 27.19%. This health sector ETF has returned 32.60% over the past 1year, and 25.86% over the past 3 year. Top 3 equities in its assets are UnitedHealth Group Inc, Express Scripts Holding Co, and Anthem Inc.

Fund Performance


NoFund NameTickerExpense Fee1 Year Return %
1First Trust NYSE Arca Biotech ETFFBT0.638.17
2SPDR® S&P Biotech ETFXBI0.3532.72
3iShares US Healthcare ProvidersIHF0.4532.6
4SPDR S&P Pharmaceuticals ETFXPH0.3531.51
5PowerShares Dynamic Pharmaceuticals ETFPJP0.5830.88
6SPDR S&P Health Care Services ETFXHS0.3529.57
7iShares US PharmaceuticalsIHE0.4529.25
8Guggenheim S&P 500® Eq Weight HC ETFRYH0.428.02
9iShares Nasdaq BiotechnologyIBB0.4827.85
10Market Vectors® Biotech ETFBBH0.3525.1
11Vanguard Health Care ETFVHT0.1223.69
12Fidelity MSCI Health Care ETFFHLC0.1223.57
13Health Care Select Sector SPDR® ETFXLV0.1523.31
14iShares US HealthcareIYH0.4523.3
15RBS Global Big Pharma ETNDRGS022.81
16PowerShares S&P SmallCap Health Care ETFPSCH0.2922.65
17First Trust Health Care AlphaDEX® ETFFXH0.6722.24
18PowerShares Dynamic Biotech & Genome ETFPBE0.5922.17
19iShares US Medical DevicesIHI0.4521.9
20SPDR® S&P Health Care Equipment ETFXHE0.3519.99
21Market Vectors® Pharmaceutical ETFPPH0.3518.36
22iShares Global HealthcareIXJ0.4816.92
23PowerShares DWA Healthcare Momentum ETFPTH0.6414.47
24SPDR® S&P International HealthC Sect ETFIRY0.57.52
25ARK Genomic Revolution Multi-Sector ETFARKG00
26BioShares™ Biotechnology ProductsBBP00
27BioShares™ Biotechnology Clinical TrialsBBC00
28ALPS Medical Breakthroughs ETFSBIO00

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