As 2014 unfolds, investors appear to be sticking with some of 2013’s tried and true winners. 

Take health care.

The sector was one of the big stars of 2013, surging 39% and outperforming the S&P 500 by more than nine percentage points.

Health care happens to be Tuesday’s best-performing sector with a gain of around 1%. Six members of the group are breaking out to all-time highs, including three equipment makers – Becton, Dickinson (BDX), St. Jude Medical (STJ) and Zimmer Holdings (ZMH) -- managed-care heavyweight UnitedHealth Group (UNH), life-sciences giant Thermo Fisher (TMO) and pharmaceutical firm Actavis (ACT).

Health Care Record Highs

Ticker

Security

Last

Change

%Chg

(BDX)

Becton, Dickinson and Company

111.06

1.61

1.47%

(STJ)

St. Jude Medical, Inc.

64.99

1.35

2.12%

(ZMH)

Zimmer Holdings, Inc.

94.72

1.48

1.59%

(TMO)

Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc.

112.16

2.10

1.91%

(UNH)

UnitedHealth Group Incorporated

77.09

2.85

3.83%

(ACT)

Actavis Plc

170.20

2.27

1.35%