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US Healthcare Index Breaching All Time Highs

This is an indication of how IHH is being viewed by global market players.


Health Care is breaking out to new all-time highs. The S&P 500 Health Care Index is breaking out to new all-time highs above the December 2000 high near 445. Unlike the S&P 500, which is 14%-15% below its all-time high of 1576, Health Care is breaking through the upper end of its 11-to-12-year trading range and has the potential to establish a new secular bull market trend. Health Care joins Consumer Discretionary and Consumer Staples as the only three sectors to reach new all-time highs in 2012. Prior to that, Health Care broke above the highs from 2007 near 425 – the only other sectors to break above 2007 highs are Discretionary, Staples and Technology.



Taking a look at the S&P Healthcare index (a defensive sector) versus SPX we can see how this sector underperformed (trended down) during the October – April advance in the S&P 500 just as we would expect it to during a market rally. We can also see how it turned upward at the April top in the S&P 500 and broke out from a descending trend channel. It has even been outperforming during the post-June advance! A simple measured move from the breakout implies that outperformance in healthcare still has a big move ahead.
gspa vs spx 2011 to 2012

Comments

bruno said…
Healthcare sector is doing good because they are robbing the people blind.Health insurance rates have gone through the roof.Prescription drugs prices have shot up several hundred percent.Soon Americans cannot afford to buy health insurance anymore and they will go and get free treatment at the hospitals.Then the healthcare sector will go South.

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