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Biotech ETF Provides Exposure to International Stocks

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Aug. 6 2015, Updated 11:06 a.m. ET

ETF provides international exposure

The iShares Nasdaq Biotechnology ETF (IBB) has exposure to 14 international stocks in its portfolio, with a weight of 9.36%. For the week ended July 24, 2015, the average return of these shares was -2.13%, outperforming the benchmark index and the broader market SPDR S&P 500 ETF (SPY).

IBB fell by 5.03%, and SPY lost 2.80% over the same period. The above graph indicates the performance of all the ADRs (American Depository Receipts) within the ETF versus the benchmark, which is the fund itself.

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Leaders and laggards

Among all the ADRs within IBB, Prothena (PRTA) outperformed all other stocks with a gain of 7.33%. The stock went up since RBC Capital Markets analysts were positive on Prothena’s Parkinson’s drug, which could hit the market in the first half of 2016.

PRTA has a weight of 0.18% in IBB’s portfolio. Endo International (ENDP), Qiagen N.V. (QGEN), and Horizon Pharma PLC (HZNP) ended flat to outperform the benchmark index.

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