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Tickers in this Article: CRL, INCY, ALNY, TEVA, AEGR, INFI, LLY
The Nasdaq remains relatively unchanged, the S&P 500 has moved up 0.2% and the Dow is up 0.2% after the morning's trading. 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.

The biggest movers in the Healthcare sector (XLV) (+0.1%) are:
CompanyMarket CapPercentage Change
Charles River (NYSE:CRL)$1.91 billion-8%
Incyte (Nasdaq:INCY)$2.34 billion-6.7%
Alnylam Pharmaceuticals (Nasdaq:ALNY)$942.9 million+6.3%
Teva (NYSE:TEVA)$36.17 billion-4.4%
Aegerion Pharmaceuticals (Nasdaq:AEGR)$551.8 million+3.5%
Infinity Pharmaceuticals (Nasdaq:INFI)$1.03 billion+3.3%
Eli Lilly (NYSE:LLY)$58.72 billion-3.2%
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After a decline of 8%, Charles River (NYSE:CRL) has hit a share price of $36.15. So far today, the company's volume is 1.4 million shares.

Incyte (Nasdaq:INCY) is down 6.7% to reach $16.64 per share. At 3.6 million shares, the company's volume so far today is more than yesterday's 1.2 million shares.

Alnylam Pharmaceuticals (Nasdaq:ALNY) has risen 6.3% and is currently trading at $19.12 per share. This morning, the company is trading a volume of 327,808 shares. This is 1.9 times its current three-month average.

Teva (NYSE:TEVA) has decreased to $39.82 per share, a 4.4% fall. At 8.2 million shares, the company's volume so far today is 1.4 times its current daily average.

Aegerion Pharmaceuticals (Nasdaq:AEGR) is currently trading at $22.41 per share, a 3.5% increase. So far today, 193,243 shares have changed hands.

After an increase of 3.3%, Infinity Pharmaceuticals (Nasdaq:INFI) has reached a current price of $26.86. So far today, the company's volume is 231,625 shares, while it was 2.6 million shares yesterday.

Eli Lilly (NYSE:LLY) has fallen 3.2% and is currently trading at $48.99 per share. The company's volume for the day so far is 9.6 million shares. This is two times the average volume over the last three months.

The Bottom Line On any given day, a particular stock may see positive or negative change in its share price. It is important to weigh current activity against historical performance when making any investment decisions. Keep in mind that all these ratios should be compared against historical numbers and industry information in order to get a more complete picture.

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