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Largest US Health Insurer Creates Spark In Health Care ETFs

MarketsMuse blog update profiles the largest US health insurer’s stellar first-quarter and the effects it has on the market with ETFs such as iShares U.S. Healthcare Providers ETF (NYSEARCA: IHF) receiving a huge boost from the insurer. This MarketsMuse update is courtesy of SeekingAlpha’s article from Zacks Funds, “Play UnitedHealth Q1 Strength With This Health Care ETF”  with excerpts from the article below. 

The largest U.S. health insurer UnitedHealth Group (NYSE:UNH) reported blockbuster first-quarter 2015 results. It topped our estimates on both the top and the bottom lines as well as raised its full-year outlook.

UnitedHealth Q1 Results in Focus

Earnings per share came in at $1.46, well above the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $1.33 and 32.7% better than the year-ago earnings. Revenues rose 13% year over year to $35.76 billion, edging past the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $34.73 billion. The robust performance was driven by rising enrollments and strength in the Optum Health Services business.

Market Impact

The market has welcomed UNH’s earnings beat and its strong outlook. Shares of UNH jumped as much as 4.3% following its earnings announcement on elevated volumes, making it the biggest percentage gainer on the Dow Jones Industrial Average Index for the day.

Since UnitedHealth is the first insurer to report earnings and a bellwether, the result has spread optimism across the broad health insurance sector with stocks of other players in the space in green at the close on the day. Some of these players include Aetna (NYSE:AET) – up 3.2%, Anthem (NYSE:ANTM) – up 2.4%, Cigna (NYSE:CI) – up 2% and Humana (NYSE:HUM) – up 0.5%.

Given UnitedHealth’s strength to lift the health insurer corner of the broad health care space and the solid run up in its share price, one ETF – iShares U.S. Healthcare Providers ETF (NYSEARCA:IHF) – could be worth a look for investors seeking to ride out the recent surge. It has the largest allocation to this big giant and looks to be in focus in the coming days with room for upside.

Bottom Line

UNH’s earnings beat sent the stock higher on the day, thus becoming the cornerstone for other stocks in the space. A merger and acquisition frenzy and encouraging industry trends bode well for the health insurer stocks and the related ETFs.

Other ETFs like Health Care Select Sector SPDR Fund (NYSEARCA:XLV),Vanguard Health Care ETF (NYSEARCA:VHT)iShares U.S. Healthcare ETF (NYSEARCA:IYH) and Fidelity MSCI Health Care Index ETF (NYSEARCA:FHLCalso have a decent exposure to UnitedHealth in the range of 3-4%. These funds also have the potential to move higher on UNH strength in the coming days but with less momentum.

To read the entire article on health care ETFs from SeekingAlpha, click here.

Take A Bite Out of This Apple: Tech ETF Surges Off Of Apple’s Success

MarketMuse update is courtesy of ETF Trends’ Tom Lydon

Shares of Apple (NasdaqGS: AAPL) are up a modest by the stock’s standards 0.6% today, pushing the iPhone maker’s market capitalization to a lofty $732 billion and some change.

As has been well-documented, Apple’s ascent to becoming the first company with a market value of $700 billion and its targeting of the unheard of $1 trillion stratosphere is benefiting plenty of exchange traded funds. One of those ETFs is the Fidelity MSCI Information Technology Index ETF (NYSEArca: FTEC).

FTEC is one of the newer kids on the sector ETF block, having debuted in October 2013 as part of Fidelity’s 10-ETF sector suite. That group has since grown by one with the recent addition of theFidelity MSCI Real Estate Index ETF (NYSEArca: FREL).

Fidelity has navigated the ultra-competitive sector ETF landscape with success. In June 2014, Fidelity’s original 10 sector ETFs had a combined $1 billion in assets under management, a number that has since more than doubled to $2.2 billion.

FTEC has been a primary driver of Fidelity’s sector ETF growth. At the end of January, the ETF had $352.6 million in assets under management, good for the second-best total among Fidelity sector ETFs behind the Fidelity MSCI Health Care Index ETF (NYSEArca: FHLC).

In an environment where Apple has more than restored its juggernaut status, FTEC earns its place in the Apple ETF conversation with a weight of 17.1% to the iPad maker. That is more than double FTEC’s weight to Microsoft (NasdaqGS: MSFT), its second-largest holding.

FTEC’s Apple weight of 17.1% also exceeds the weight to that stock found in one of the fund’s primary rivals, the Vanguard Information Technology ETF (NYSEArca: VGT).Unlike rival ETF issuers, Vanguard does not update its funds’ holdings on a daily basis, opting to do so once a month. VGT’s latest holdings update, from Dec. 31, 2014, showsan Apple weight of 15.3%. With the stock’s 14.5% gain this year, VGT’s Apple exposure is now likely well over 16%.

FTEC and VGT compete for the affections of cost-conscious investors as both charge just 0.12% per year, making the pair the least expensive tech sector ETFs on the market. Each has returned 2.1% year-to-date.

Like its rivals, FTEC is a cap-weighted ETF, meaning as Apple’s market value rises, the stock’s presence in FTEC grows. Since the start of December, FTEC’s Apple weight has increased by 140 basis points.

“FTEC offers more exposure to semiconductors and data processing & outsourced services companies and no exposure to integrated telecom services stocks,” according to S&P Capital IQ, which rates the ETF overweight.