The Health Care Select Sector SPDR (NYSEArca: XLV) and the Guggenheim China Small-Cap ETF (NYSEArca: HAO) have been leaders in their respective market niches this year.  With a year-to-date gain of 28.7%, XLV is the best performer among the nine sector SPDR ETFs.

HAO’s out-performance of large-cap China ETFs is almost staggering. Year-to-date, the iShares China Large-Cap ETF (NYSEArca: FXI) is off 4.6%, implying a glum year for China ETFs. HAO has managed to gain 6.3% despite a generally trying environment for emerging markets ETFs. [China Small-Cap ETF Keeps Shining]

A look at HAO and XLV’s charts show more gains could be on the way for the two ETFs. HAO “bounced higher from a double bottom pattern, with a slight “undercut” of the prior low on the weekly chart below. Last Friday, HAO cleared the highs of a three-week range on better than average volume, signaling the uptrend may be ready to resume after a nine-month long consolidation,” said Deron Wagner of Morpheus Trading Group.

Regarding XLV, Wagner said the ETF “is poised to attack the prior swing high, with a close above last week’s high. The recent pullback in $XLV was the shortest corrective wave over the past few months, coming in at less than 3.5% off the swing high. The pullbacks in August and June were about 5.5% and 8% respectively.”

XLV allocates 45.2% of its weight to pharmaceuticals names like Johnson & Johnson (NYSE: JNJ) and Pfizer (NYSE: PFE). Making XLV all the more alluring is the health care sector’s reputation for being a buy in the month of October. Over the previous four Octobers, XLV has traded higher three times with 2012 the outlier. [October Opportunity for These Sector ETFs]

Health Care Select Sector SPDR

ETF Trends editorial team contributed to this post.

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