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List of Pharma ETFs

Updated Feb 18, 2020
Pharmaceutical exchange-traded funds (ETF) are those ETFs which invest in the stocks and other financial securities of the companies which derive their business and revenues from research, development, manufacture, processing, marketing or distribution of pharmaceuticals and drugs of different kinds. Though pharma companies are mostly into drugs and medicines business, they may not be confined only to those two genres. Such companies may also extend to medical devices and equipment - like pacemakers, heart-beat or BP monitors and the likes. They may also extend to other related function of the health care sector, which includes distributor companies, pharmacy managing companies and care providers.

How Pharmaceutical ETFs Work?

Pharma ETFs pool in investors' money and invest it in a select basket of stocks of companies operating in the pharma sector. Different kinds of pharmaceutical ETFs exist. They include the ones which may have a regional focus - like those investing only in pharma companies of a particular country or region (like the U.S., Israel or China). Other may take a more generic global approach to pick and choose the pharma companies for investment. Few pharma ETFs may focus on type of pharmaceutical business - like generic drugs, biotech or biopharma streams. Few may like to go for medical supplies or vaccination specific drugs companies.
In terms of technicals, pharma ETFs offer a limited variety. There are leveraged ETFs which attempt to magnify the returns by a given number (like 2 times or 3 times), and there are inverse ETFs belonging to the pharma sector which attempt to generate returns which are inverse of the returns generated by the benchmark index (-1 times).
Following is the list of all 11 exchange-traded funds that FKnol has in its database for ETFs which belong to the Pharma category:

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List of All Pharma ETFs

TickerNameShort DescriptionExpense
No. of
KUREKraneShares MSCI All China Health Care Index ETFThe KraneShares MSCI All China Health Care Index ETF tracks an index of large- and midcap Chinese stocks in the health care sector, weighted by market capitalization. ...Full Details0.82%57AnnuallyChina Equities
PPHVanEck Vectors Pharmaceutical ETFThe VanEck Vectors Pharmaceutical ETF tracks a market-cap-weighted index of 25 of the largest global pharmaceutical firms. ...Full Details0.35%25QuarterlyHealth & Biotech Equities
XPHSPDR S&P Pharmaceuticals ETFThe SPDR S&P Pharmaceuticals ETF tracks an equal-weighted index of US pharmaceutical companies. ...Full Details0.35%44QuarterlyHealth & Biotech Equities
IHEiShares US Pharmaceuticals ETFThe iShares Dow Jones U.S. Pharmaceuticals ETF tracks a broad-based, cap-weighted index of US pharmaceutical companies. ...Full Details0.43%47QuarterlyHealth & Biotech Equities
PJPInvesco Dynamic Pharmaceuticals ETFThe Invesco Dynamic Pharmaceuticals Portfolio ETF tracks an index of US pharmaceutical companies selected and weighted based on various fundamental and risk factors. ...Full Details0.57%30QuarterlyHealth & Biotech Equities
FTXHFirst Trust Nasdaq Pharmaceuticals ETFThe First Trust NASDAQ Pharmaceutical ETF tracks the most liquid US pharmaceutical companies, weighted according to factors related to value, volatility, and growth. ...Full Details0.6%30QuarterlyHealth & Biotech Equities
CHNALoncar China BioPharma ETFThe Loncar China BioPharma ETF tracks a tier-weighted index of companies directly involved in the growth of China’s pharmaceutical and biotech industry. ...Full Details0.79%29AnnuallyHealth & Biotech Equities
MJJIndxx MicroSectors Cannabis ETNMMJ is an ETN that tracks a market cap-selected and weighted index of North American cannabis equities. ...Full Details0.7%23Health Biotech Equities
MJOIndxx MicroSectors Cannabis 2X Leveraged ETNMJO offers 2x leveraged exposure to North American Cannabis companies that are selected and weighted by market cap. ...Full Details0.95%23Leveraged Equities
PILLDirexion Daily Pharmaceutical & Medical Bull 3X SharesThe Direxion Daily Pharmaceutical & Medical Bull 3x Shares ETF provides 3x daily exposure to a multi-factor index of pharmaceutical companies in the US. ...Full Details1.12%30AnnuallyLeveraged Equities
POTXGlobal X Cannabis ETFPOTX tracks an index of developed market companies related to cannabis, hemp & CBD. ...Full Details0.5%26Semi-AnnuallySmall Cap Blend Equities

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Where do Pharma ETFs Invest?

A long list of companies and different financial instruments exist where the Pharma exchange-traded funds may invest the money collected from the ETF investors. Below is a small sample of companies whose stocks may qualify for investment by Pharma ETFs, though there can be many more businesses and financial instruments where these ETFs can park the capital for returns:
 ▶ Gilead Sciences (GILD): Gilead Sciences, Inc., incorporated on June 22, 1987, is a research-based biopharmaceutical company that discovers, develops and commercializes medicines in areas of unmet medical need. The Companys portfolio of products ....Full Details....Dividend History

 ▶ Amgen Inc (AMGN): Amgen Inc., incorporated on October 31, 1986, is a biotechnology company. The Company discovers, develops, manufactures and delivers various human therapeutics. The Company operates in the human therapeutics segment. The ....Full Details....Dividend History

 ▶ Pfizer, Inc. (PFE): Pfizer Inc. (Pfizer), incorporated on June 2, 1942, is a research-based global biopharmaceutical company. The Company is engaged in the discovery, development and manufacture of healthcare products. Its global portfolio ....Full Details....Dividend History

 ▶ Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (REGN): Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, Inc., incorporated on January 11, 1988, is a biopharmaceutical company that discovers, invents, develops, manufactures and commercializes medicines for the treatment of serious medical conditions. The Company commercializes ....Full Details....Dividend History

 ▶ Eli Lilly and Co. (LLY): Eli Lilly and Company, incorporated on January 17, 1901, is engaged in drug manufacturing business. The Company discovers, develops, manufactures and markets products in two segments: human pharmaceutical products and ....Full Details....Dividend History

 ▶ GlaxoSmithKline PLC (GSK): GlaxoSmithKline plc engages in the creation, discovery, development, manufacture, and marketing of vaccines, over-the-counter medicines, and health-related consumer products worldwide. It operates through four ....Full Details....Dividend History

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