Healthcare ETFs On Radar As Q1 Earnings Unfold

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The healthcare sector has been benefiting from COVID-19 vaccines or treatment with many more to come. The ultra-popular ETFs, Health Care Select Sector SPDR Fund (XLV - Free Report)Vanguard Health Care ETF (VHT - Free Report), iShares U.S. Healthcare ETF (IYH - Free Report), and Fidelity MSCI Health Care Index ETF (FHLC - Free Report), have gained around 8% so far this year.

Better-than-expected earnings results from Johnson & Johnson (JNJ - Free Report) and UnitedHealth Group (UNH - Free Report) have added to the strength. The world's biggest healthcare products’ maker continued its long streak of earnings beat and outpaced revenue estimates. However, the company tightened its full-year guidance. Meanwhile, UnitedHealth breezed past the Zacks Consensus Estimate on both earnings and revenues. The company also lifted its full-year earnings outlook.

Further price movement of these funds depend on earnings releases from some big names like Pfizer (PFE - Free Report), Merck (MRK - Free Report), Thermo Fisher Scientific (TMO - Free Report), AbbVie (ABBV - Free Report), and Gilead Sciences (GILD - Free Report) that dominate returns. These firms are lined up to report their earnings this week and the next. All these stocks collectively account for 19.3% share in XLV, 17.2% in IYH, 15.5% in VHT, and 15.5% in FHLC.

Let’s dig deeper into the earnings picture of these companies, which will drive the performance of the above-mentioned funds in the coming days:

According to our methodology, the combination of a positive Earnings ESP and a Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy), 2 (Buy) or 3 (Hold) increases the chances of an earnings beat. You can uncover the best stocks to buy or sell before they’re reported with our Earnings ESP Filter.

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