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Tickers in this Article: INFI, PCYC, SGEN, BMRN, CELG, ALXN, SNN
On a good day for the market, the Nasdaq is trading up 0.6%, the S&P 500 is up 0.2% and the Dow has increased 0.3%. The healthcare sector is the category of stocks relating to medical and healthcare goods or services. This sector includes hospital management firms, health maintenance organizations (HMOs), biotechnology and a variety of medical products. Stocks in the healthcare sector are often considered to be defensive because the products and services are essential. Even during economic downturns, people will still require medical aid and medicine to overcome illness. Having a consistent demand for goods and services makes this sector less sensitive to business cycle fluctuations.

Underperforming the market overall, the Healthcare sector (XLV) is up 0.4%, and these are its current biggest movers:
CompanyMarket CapPercentage Change
Infinity Pharmaceuticals (Nasdaq:INFI)9.3 million+10.9%
Pharmacyclics (Nasdaq:PCYC).9 billion+4.4%
Seattle Genetics (Nasdaq:SGEN).04 billion-2.4%
BioMarin Pharmaceutical (Nasdaq:BMRN).81 billion+2.3%
Celgene (Nasdaq:CELG).28 billion+2.2%
Alexion Pharmaceuticals (Nasdaq:ALXN).78 billion+2.1%
Smith & Nephew plc (NYSE:SNN).17 billion+1.9%
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Infinity Pharmaceuticals (Nasdaq:INFI) rose a significant 10.9% to reach $24.98 per share. The company's volume is currently two million shares for the day, 3.4 times the average daily volume.

Pharmacyclics (Nasdaq:PCYC) has risen 4.4% and is currently trading at $58.46 per share. The company is trading at a volume of 513,619 shares.

Slipping 2.4%, Seattle Genetics (Nasdaq:SGEN) is currently trading at $24.93 per share. The company's volume for the day so far is 383,224 shares, 0.7 times the current three-month average.

Increasing 2.3%, BioMarin Pharmaceutical (Nasdaq:BMRN) is trading at $48.02 per share. So far today, 184,762 shares have changed hands.

Celgene (Nasdaq:CELG) is currently trading at $80.44 per share, a 2.2% increase. At 2.3 million shares, the company's volume so far today is 0.8 times the average daily volume.

After an increase of 2.1%, Alexion Pharmaceuticals (Nasdaq:ALXN) has reached a current price of $93.38. The company's volume is currently 774,882 shares. This is on pace to reach yesterday's trading volume of 1.7 million shares.

Smith & Nephew plc (NYSE:SNN) is up 1.9% to reach a current price of $54.48 per share. At 18,911 shares, the company's volume so far today is in keeping with the average volume over the past three months.

The Bottom Line The nature of the market is such that stocks will have good days and bad days. Daily stock performance should be weighed against historical performance and put in context of the market overall. However, these fundamental metrics must be analyzed with historic data, industry information in addition to firm specific financial statements.

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