Healthcare ETF

Healthcare sector ETFs have been crushing the market in 2013 but their outperformance relative to the S&P 500 has cooled the past two weeks.

Is this the pause that refreshes or are healthcare ETFs set to lag the market?

Health Care Select Sector SPDR (NYSEArca: XLV) is up 19.2% year to date while the S&P 500 has gained 12.7%, according to Morningstar.

Healthcare ETFs have benefited from defensive posturing from investors this year with utilities and consumer staples also outperforming. Investors have gravitated to steadier companies that pay attractive dividends.

Investors Intelligence technical analyst Tarquin Coe remains upbeat on the sector.