Pfizer Inc. (PFE), Amgen, Inc. (AMGN), UnitedHealth Group Inc. (UNH): Do Health Care Stocks Fall in the Fall?

I’m afraid that the “health care stocks fall in the fall” phrase appears to be a bust. Actually, perhaps a better adage might be “buy health care stocks in the fall and have a ball.” Some of those fall gains over the last 20 years look mighty tempting. Even that line doesn’t work across the board, though.

What this little exercise doesn’t show is how well these stocks did over the entire two decades. The worst performer, Boston Scientific Corporation (NYSE:BSX), still gained more than 130% during the period. The best stock, Amgen, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMGN), soared nearly 1400%.

Whatever month it is, if you think with a long-term perspective — you’ll be better off. So, here goes one more stab at creating a new investing line: Remember in September adages fall and burn like timber. You can even use this one in December, but it would be even better to keep it in mind year-round.

The article Do Health Care Stocks Fall in the Fall? originally appeared on and is written by Keith Speights.

Fool contributor Keith Speights has no position in any stocks mentioned. The Motley Fool recommends McKesson and UnitedHealth Group.

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