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cerberus-backed-hospitals-face-life-and-debt-as-virus-ragesPrivate equity firms see health care as a growth opportunity, in part because of the graying of America, and they’ve been buying like crazy. As a whole, they made a record $78.9 billion worth of medical investments last year, according to consultant Bain & Co. Along with hospitals, investors have bought doctors’ offices, surgery centers, and drug-treatment clinics.
Private equity typically buys a company, overhauls its operations, and tries to make it grow. Generally this strategy involves piling on a lot of debt—but, crucially, that debt sits on the books of the target company, not the private equity fund. David Johnson, chief executive officer of 4sight Health, a health-care advisory firm, says Cerberus and other private equity firms bring market discipline to an industry that really needs it. “I look at private equity the same way I look at nuclear energy,” says Johnson, who wrote a case study about Steward with one of its investment bankers from Cain Brothers. “It has beneficial and detrimental uses. It is a heat-seeking missile for profits.”
goldman-says-time-to-think-about-a-shift-in-market-leadershipInvestors should consider the risk of a successful coronavirus vaccine unsettling markets by sparking a sell-off in bonds and rotation out of technology into cyclical stocks, according to Goldman Sachs Group Inc.
The increased probability of an approved vaccine by the end of November is underpriced by equity markets, wrote strategists including Kamakshya Trivedi in a note Wednesday. Over the next few months, the ramifications of the U.S. election and the evolution of the virus -- in part as schools reopen -- are also likely to be key drivers of the market, they said.
Cyclical stocks tend to rise in value during an upturn in the economy and fall during a downturn. They usually include stock in industries that flourish in good times, including airlines, automobiles, and travel and leisure.
In contrast, stock in industries that provide necessities such as food, electricity, gas, and healthcare products tend to be more price-stable, as do companies that provide services that reduce the expenses of other companies. Those stocks are sometimes called countercyclicals.