Healthcare stocks show their defensive allure in ailing market

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NEW YORK (Reuters) – The coronavirus pandemic is throwing a spotlight on stocks in the U.S. healthcare sector, home to the companies that could develop treatments, vaccines and improved diagnostics needed to tackle the greatest public health crisis in a century.

FILE PHOTO: The floor of the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) stands empty as the building prepares to close indefinitely due to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak in New York, U.S., March 20, 2020. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

Healthcare .SPXHC has held up better than most S&P 500 sectors. Since the S&P 500 hit an all-time high on Feb. 19, healthcare

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