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Tickers in this Article: TRNX, INFI, MAKO, LUX, ACHC, IPXL, TMO
The market is having a good day so far: the Nasdaq has climbed 0.2%; the S&P 500 is up 0.6%; and the Dow has risen 0.5%. 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.

Outperforming the market overall, the Healthcare sector (XLV) is up 0.6% and its biggest movers so far today are:
CompanyMarket CapPercentage Change
Tornier (Nasdaq:TRNX)7.1 million-8.8%
Infinity Pharmaceuticals (Nasdaq:INFI)2.8 million+5.4%
MAKO (Nasdaq:MAKO)4 million-4.5%
Luxottica Group SpA (NYSE:LUX).41 billion+2.4%
Acadia Healthcare Company (Nasdaq:ACHC)5.3 million-2.2%
Impax Laboratories (Nasdaq:IPXL).38 billion-2.1%
Thermo Fisher (NYSE:TMO).84 billion+2.1%
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Tornier (Nasdaq:TRNX) is trading at $15.68 per share, down 8.8%. So far today, 238,495 shares have changed hands.

After rising 5.4%, Infinity Pharmaceuticals (Nasdaq:INFI) is currently trading at a share price of $21.16. So far today, the company's volume is 522,828 shares, 0.8 times the current daily average.

Falling 4.5%, MAKO (Nasdaq:MAKO) is currently at a share price of $13.87. So far today, 392,032 shares of the company's stock have changed hands. This is on pace to reach yesterday's trading volume of 792,681 shares.

Luxottica Group SpA (NYSE:LUX) has risen 2.4% and is currently trading at $37.96 per share. At 42,045 shares, the company's volume so far today is in keeping with the average volume over the past three months.

Currently trading at $20.94 per share, Acadia Healthcare Company (Nasdaq:ACHC) has fallen 2.2%. So far today, the company's volume is 21,324 shares.

Slipping 2.1%, Impax Laboratories (Nasdaq:IPXL) is currently trading at $19.82 per share. So far today, the company's volume is 480,947 shares, in line with the current daily average.

Thermo Fisher (NYSE:TMO) is at $61.89 per share after an increase of 2.1%. So far today, the company's volume is 961,496 shares.

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. However, these fundamental metrics must be analyzed with historic data, industry information in addition to firm specific financial statements.

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