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Tickers in this Article: SRPT, GHDX, EXAS, ITMN, WMGI, RMD, TECH
The market has been doing well after the morning's trading. The Nasdaq has moved up 1.7%; the S&P 500 has climbed 1.5%; and the Dow is up 1.3%. 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 0.9%, and these are its current biggest movers:
CompanyMarket CapPercentage Change
Sarepta Therapeutics (Nasdaq:SRPT)$657.4 million+4.9%
Genomic Health (Nasdaq:GHDX)$868.1 million-3.7%
EXACT (Nasdaq:EXAS)$608.3 million-3%
InterMune (Nasdaq:ITMN)$590.2 million-3%
Wright Medical Group (Nasdaq:WMGI)$793.9 million-2.6%
ResMed (NYSE:RMD)$5.59 billion+2.5%
Techne (Nasdaq:TECH)$2.54 billion+2%
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Sarepta Therapeutics (Nasdaq:SRPT) is currently trading at $27.09 per share, a 4.9% increase. The company is currently trading a volume of 407,369 shares.

Genomic Health (Nasdaq:GHDX) has fallen 3.7% and is currently trading at $27.19 per share. At 72,451 shares, the company's volume so far today is with trading activity in keeping with yesterday's lighter than yesterday's volume of 160,012 shares.

After a decline of 3%, EXACT (Nasdaq:EXAS) has hit a share price of $9.25. The company is currently trading a volume of 193,937 shares. This is 0.3 times its average volume over the past three months.

InterMune (Nasdaq:ITMN) is currently trading at a share price of $8.67, a 3% decline. At 344,312 shares, the company's volume so far today is 0.2 times the current daily average.

Wright Medical Group (Nasdaq:WMGI) is trading at $19.49 per share, down 2.6%. This morning, the company is trading a volume of 938,377 shares.

ResMed (NYSE:RMD) is up 2.5% to reach a current price of $40.11 per share. This morning, 381,565 shares have been traded, which is likely to result in less activity than yesterday's volume of 1.9 million shares.

Techne (Nasdaq:TECH) has increased to a share price of $70.19, a 2% rise. So far today, 39,236 shares have changed hands. This is 0.3 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. 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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