Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Market up big, healthcare stocks leading the way (AET,CI,CVH,HUM,UNH,WLP)

The S&P500 is up just under a percent today, with the Massachusetts senate race on every trader's screen.

Non-healthcare S&P500 stocks are up a respectable 83basis points, but are far behind the pace of the healthcare constituents, trading 2.1% higher.  If Scott Brown wins he'll break the filibuster-proof 60 senate vote threshold that would help healthcare legislation pass.

Intrade shows the race comfortably in Brown's hands, but it ain't over till it's over:



Among the healthcare shares, the smaller group of health plan stocks are showing even bigger gains:




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