Healthcare Sector Stocks

With the Healthcare sector being one of the most critical aspects of a country, the United States of America contains some of the most provided by many distinct and well known organizations within that particular field. With this care being facilitated largely by the private sector businesses, the government’s role towards the healthcare is significantly lower. With 62% of the hospitals being non-profit based, 20% falling under the government and, 18% towards for-profit organization, it is quite clear as to how Healthcare has shaped more towards a business and industry based sector, rather than being a more government related one.

The healthcare programs in the United States covers a varied number of fields within it such as - Medicare, Medicaid, TRICARE, Health Insurance Programs (Children), and Veterans Health Administration too. With majority of the citizen under 67 years of age being insured either by themselves or through a family member's employer, the number of insured people in the country can easily be stated as one of the highest in the world. This by itself proves how important of a business role the healthcare sector is, and with it being a very defining sector where it is almost considered mandatory for individuals, through private sector largely, the revenue generated over a year just by the healthcare sector adds put to a total of $1.668 Trillion. (source:http://www.statisticbrain.com/health-care-industry-statistics/)

With the Healthcare sector drawing in a lot of money especially in the United States of America, there is not a reason of doubt on the impact this sector has on the stock exchange. Investors have banked upon the ROI within the healthcare sector as the importance of it for the citizens in the country is pretty high and hence the growth of the healthcare sector is inevitably expanding at a rapid pace.

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3M Company MMM
Abbott Laboratories ABT
AbbVie Inc. ABBV
Actavis‚ Inc. ACT
Aetna Inc. AET
Alexion Pharmaceuticals‚ Inc. ALXN 137.36 143.50 141.64 NMS
Allergan‚ Inc. AGN
AmerisourceBergen Corporation ABC
Amgen Inc. AMGN 150.11 152.75 150.20 NMS
Baxter International Inc. BAX
Becton‚ Dickinson and Company BDX
Biogen Idec Inc. BIIB
Boston Scientific Corporation BSX
Bristol-Myers Squibb Company BMY
C.R. Bard‚ Inc. BCR
Cardinal Health‚ Inc. CAH
CareFusion Corporation CFN
Celgene Corporation CELG
Cigna Corporation CI
Covidien plc. COV N/A N/A N/A NYQ
CVS Corporation CVS 101.95 101.44 101.00 NYQ
DaVita healthCare Partners Inc. DVA 74.71 74.90 74.55 NYQ
DENTSPLY International Inc. XRAY
Edwards Lifesciences Corporation EW 107.98 108.33 107.85 NYQ
Eli Lilly and Company LLY 77.94 77.83 77.46 NYQ
Enzo Biochem‚ Inc. ENZ 5.01 4.91 4.91 NYQ
Express Scripts Holding Company ESRX
Forest Laboratories‚ Inc. FRX
Gilead Sciences‚ Inc. GILD
Intuitive Surgical‚ Inc. ISRG
Laboratory Corporation of America Holdings LH
McKesson Corporation MCK
Medtronic‚ Inc. MDT
Merck & Company‚ Inc. MRK
Mylan Inc. MYL 50.82 52.35 52.01 NMS
Patterson Companies‚ Inc. PDCO 42.79 43.06 42.71 NMS
Perrigo Company PRGO
Pfizer‚ Inc. PFE
Quest Diagnostics Incorporated DGX
Regeneron Pharmaceuticals‚ Inc. REGN 409.89 418.27 412.68 NMS
UnitedHealth Group Incorporated UNH 113.88 115.89 114.95 NYQ
Varian Medical Systems‚ Inc. VAR 75.94 77.20 76.39 NYQ
Vertex Pharmaceuticals Incorporated VRTX 90.98 92.39 90.59 NMS
Walgreen Co. WAG N/A N/A N/A NYQ
WellPoint Inc. WLP N/A N/A N/A NYQ
Zimmer Holdings‚ Inc. ZMH 113.56 113.56 N/A NYQ
Zoetis Inc. ZTS 41.72 42.96 42.43 NYQ