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Tickers in this Article: PSSI, OFIX, NUVA, SRPT, MCK, VVUS, ZMH
The market is quiet so far today. The Nasdaq has been relatively flat; the S&P 500 is unchanged; and the Dow has moved little. 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 Healthcare sector (XLV) has risen 0.5% despite little change in the market overall. Currently, the biggest movers in the sector are:
CompanyMarket CapPercentage Change
PSS World Medical (Nasdaq:PSSI)$1.09 billion+32.8%
Orthofix (Nasdaq:OFIX)$749.8 million-9%
NuVasive (Nasdaq:NUVA)$620.3 million-5.1%
Sarepta Therapeutics (Nasdaq:SRPT)$548.6 million-4%
McKesson (NYSE:MCK)$21.13 billion+3.8%
VIVUS (Nasdaq:VVUS)$1.88 billion-3.4%
Zimmer (NYSE:ZMH)$10.88 billion+3.1%
Broker Summary: TD Ameritrade Thinkorswim

PSS World Medical (Nasdaq:PSSI) is trading at $28.69 per share, a significant rise of 32.8%. This morning, the company is trading a volume of 39.6 million shares.

After a decline of 9%, Orthofix (Nasdaq:OFIX) has hit a share price of $35.99. At 203,891 shares, the company's volume so far today is 3.6 times the current daily average.

NuVasive (Nasdaq:NUVA) is currently trading at a share price of $13.54, a 5.1% decline. The company's volume is currently 599,803 shares. This is on pace to fall short of yesterday's volume of 4.1 million shares.

Sarepta Therapeutics (Nasdaq:SRPT) has decreased to $23.28 per share, a 4% fall. So far today, the company's volume is 645,450 shares, 0.2 times its current three-month average.

McKesson (NYSE:MCK) is at $92.92 per share after an increase of 3.8%. The company's volume for the day so far is 1.3 million shares.

VIVUS (Nasdaq:VVUS) is down 3.4% to reach $18.08 per share. At 1.7 million shares, the company's volume so far today is 0.6 times the average daily volume.

Zimmer (NYSE:ZMH) has increased to a share price of $64.22, a 3.1% rise. So far today, the company's volume is 908,015 shares.

The Bottom Line The nature of the market is such that stocks will have good days and bad days. Paying close attention to the previous ratios will help you identify key times to adjust your strategy. 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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