The Kieger Healthcare team attended the 38th annual J.P. Morgan Healthcare Conference in San Francisco from January 13th to January 16th 2020.
Our overall conclusion from the conference is that the industry remains in good shape. Company presentations and management conversations across all subsectors were encouraging with innovation being key. While politics are impacting stock prices and we expect a continuation of the high volatility environment, impactful US policy changes seem unlikely ahead of the Presidential elections.
The MSCI World Healthcare NR Index returned -2.7% in February, while the MSCI World NR Index rose 2.6%. During the last week of the month, many sectors took a hit because of rising 10-year Treasury rates (now at their highest levels in a year), enhancing on one hand the attractiveness of bonds vs. Equities and on the other hand propelling cyclical stocks.
Healthcare started 2021 on a very positive note, outperforming most of the other sectors (Energy, 3.0%, being the sole exception). The MSCI World Healthcare Net Return (NR) Index gained 1.1% in January 2021, while the MSCI World NR Index declined 1.0%.
The MSCI World Healthcare Net Return (NR) Index rose by 9.0% in November 2020 and the MSCI World NR Index gained 12.8%. November was the best month for global equities year-to-date (12.8%), with cyclicals outperforming defensive sectors.