One corner of health care could lead Nasdaq’s next record rally, Oppenheimer analyst predicts
As the Nasdaq hits records, one analyst is betting on a corner of the health-care sector still well offs its highs to drive the next leg of the rally.
"The Nasdaq Composite broadly is breaking higher, and the key reason why is that it's not just tech anymore. You have biotechnology also lifting its head higher and participating," Ari Wald, head of technical analysis at Oppenheimer, told CNBC's "Trading Nation" on Monday.
The IBB biotechnology ETF, which holds stocks such as Biogen and Amgen, has risen 6% this month. That's roughly double the gains on the broader Nasdaq. However, it is still 7% from its February high.
"Talking about the strength in the Nasdaq Biotech ETF, … it really started with the breakout through five-year resistance last year," he said.
He added that this upturn following a consolidation looks similar to how the ETF traded last summer. Like this year, the IBB consolidated for five months and then broke higher. Wald said both of those bullish trends bode well for more upside.
Nancy Tengler, chief investment officer at Laffer Tengler Investments, prefers to be selective within the biotech space.
"We're playing the space with individual holdings. Our two largest are J&J, which by the way bought Actelion which is one of the largest biotech companies, and AbbVie, which is alternately characterized as pharma and biotech," said Tengler.
Johnson & Johnson and AbbVie have had a mixed month, falling 2% and gaining 2%, respectively.
Disclosure: Laffer Tengler Investments holds ABBV and JNJ.
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