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The 10 Best Health-Care Stocks to Buy for 2019

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Health-care stocks were the best sector in the Standard & Poor’s 500-stock index in 2018, according to Yardeni Research. The sector’s 4.7% gain last year isn’t exactly eye-popping. But consider that utilities (+0.5%) were the only sector in the black, and that the index itself lost 6.2% … and you realize just how impressive health care actually was.

As we look ahead to 2019, economic storm clouds appear to be gathering. Although a recession is unlikely in the year ahead, UCLA economists estimate that GDP growth will shrink from 3% in 2018 to 2% in 2019 and finally 1% in 2020.

Thus, in the potential absence of a good offense, it makes sense for investors to buy some defense in 2019. The best health-care stocks can fit that bill. “Health care is a defensive growth sector that we think should have a growth upturn over the next five years or so,” Saira Malik, head of global equities at Nuveen, told Fortune in November.

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With that in mind, here are 10 health-care stocks to buy for 2019.

SEE ALSO: 101 Best Dividend Stocks to Buy for 2019 and Beyond

Data is as of Jan. 7, 2019. Dividend yields are calculated by annualizing the most recent quarterly payout and dividing by the share price. Analysts ratings from Wall Street Journal. Stocks listed in alphabetical order.

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