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Tickers in this Article: ONXX, TRNX, VRTX, MDVN, SIRO, HTWR, MAKO
The market is having a bad day so far. The Nasdaq has decreased 0.4%; the S&P 500 has fallen 0.5%; and the Dow is down 0.7%. 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) is down 0.8%, underperforming the market overall. The current biggest movers in the sector are:
CompanyMarket CapPercentage Change
Onyx Pharmaceuticals (Nasdaq:ONXX)$5 billion-4.7%
Tornier (Nasdaq:TRNX)$664.3 million+3.8%
Vertex Pharmaceuticals (Nasdaq:VRTX)$9.56 billion-3.4%
Medivation (Nasdaq:MDVN)$3.51 billion-3%
Sirona Dental Systems (Nasdaq:SIRO)$3.2 billion-2.6%
HeartWare International (Nasdaq:HTWR)$1.21 billion-2.5%
MAKO (Nasdaq:MAKO)$567.3 million+2.5%
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Onyx Pharmaceuticals (Nasdaq:ONXX) is currently trading at a share price of $70.99, a 4.7% decline. So far today, the company's volume is 884,151 shares, more than yesterday's 709,876 shares.

Tornier (Nasdaq:TRNX) has moved up 3.8% and is currently trading at $16.53 per share. The company's volume for the morning is 136,719 shares. This is 1.2 times the average daily volume.

Vertex Pharmaceuticals (Nasdaq:VRTX) is down 3.4% to reach $42.61 per share. At one million shares, the company's volume so far today is 0.3 times its current three-month average.

Falling 3%, Medivation (Nasdaq:MDVN) is currently at a share price of $46.21. The company is currently trading a volume of 533,034 shares.

At $56.59, Sirona Dental Systems (Nasdaq:SIRO) has slipped 2.6%. At 329,531 shares, the company's volume so far today is.

Slipping 2.5%, HeartWare International (Nasdaq:HTWR) is currently trading at $81.75 per share. So far this morning, 44,955 shares have changed hands. This is 0.3 times its current daily average.

After an increase of 2.5%, MAKO (Nasdaq:MAKO) has reached a current price of $13.54. The company's volume is currently 2.7 million shares for the day, 2.2 times its average over the past 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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