January's Top ETF Performers include Healthcare & Energy

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Across twenty five of the most widely traded market, sector and industry ETFs, healthcare and energy were among January’s top performers.

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Why should you care?  Because January’s leaders are often among the best performers come year end.

The strongest healthcare ETF was biotech.  Outside of healthcare, capital markets (AMEX:KCE), oil & gas equipment (AMEX:XES), transports (AMEX:IYT) and insurance were all strong.  Homebuilders  (AMEX:XHB) also continued to trade higher, following through on last year’s gains.

In technology, the broader technology ETF (AMEX:XLK) trailed; increasing 1.91% versus a 5.12% increase in the SPY.  However, semiconductors (AMEX:XSD) were strong, increasing 6.06% and software (AMEX:IGV) increased 5.87%; suggesting technology exposure should be tilted toward those industries.

Finally, for fixed income investors, Muni’s (AMEX:MUB) performed best; up 0.81% during the month.

The following table breaks out the best ETFs through the first five trading days of January and for the entire month.

ETF Returns: 1st 5 & January
Symbol 1st 5 Days Symbol January
XBI 7.17% KCE 11.23%
IBB 5.20% XES 10.95%
XPH 5.15% IYT 9.22%
KRE 4.40% KIE 8.48%
KBE 4.28% XHB 8.35%
KCE 4.25% XLE 8.30%
XES 4.16% XBI 8.17%
IYT 3.73% XPH 7.89%
XLF 3.48% XLV 7.60%
XHB 3.42% IYH 7.50%
XOP 3.16% XRT 7.49%
KIE 3.09% XOP 7.43%
KOL 3.06% MDY 7.08%

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