Best Healthcare stocks with buy ratings originally published at "long-term-investments.blogspot.com". This month I like to discover the best recommended stocks from all sectors at the capital market. I like to start with the healthcare sector, one of the biggest ones. Here are some facts for our statistical lovers:
The healthcare sector has 540 companies with a health related business model. The total market capitalization of all stocks is 64.5 trillion. Stocks from the healthcare sector have an average P/E ratio of 20.78 and they pay in average a dividend yield of 3.37 percent. The best dividend paying industries are major drug manufactures and Biotechnology companies. Biotech's are now the second best yielding category with an average industry yield of 2.13 percent.
Below is a small list with some fundamentals about the most recommended higher capitalized stocks from the healthcare sector. I excluded stocks with a market capitalization below USD 2 billion because I think the risk should be much higher as for mid-capitalized stocks.
These are the results: Nine of the 20 best rated stocks pay dividends. Half of the results are large caps and all stocks have positive expected mid-term earnings per share growth. Yes, healthcare is still a growth opportunity.
Here is the full table with some fundamentals:
Take a closer look at the full list. The average P/E ratio amounts to 24.61 and forward P/E ratio is 13.46. The dividend yield has a value of 0.71 percent. Price to book ratio is 7.74 and price to sales ratio 5.35. The operating margin amounts to 17.35 percent and the beta ratio is 1.02. Stocks from the list have an average debt to equity ratio of 0.64.
Related stock ticker symbols:
HLF, SNY, COV, UNH, NVO, TMO, RDY, UHS, COO, WPI, SIRO, GILD, HCA, HOLX, JAZZ, MDVN, ALXN, ARIA, BMRN, CELG