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Tickers in this Article: MDVN, CRL, INFI, COO, VRTX, CSU, CMN
The market has been slipping so far today. The Nasdaq has declined 0.2%; the S&P 500 is trading down 0.3%; and the Dow has fallen 0.4%. 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.

CompanyMarket CapPercentage Change
Medivation (Nasdaq:MDVN)$3.85 billion-4.8%
Charles River (NYSE:CRL)$1.84 billion-2.4%
Infinity Pharmaceuticals (Nasdaq:INFI)$1.51 billion+2.2%
Cooper Companies (NYSE:COO)$4.5 billion+1.9%
Vertex Pharmaceuticals (Nasdaq:VRTX)$9.33 billion-1.7%
Capital Senior (NYSE:CSU)$507.1 million+1.6%
Cantel (NYSE:CMN)$804.6 million+1.6%
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Falling 4.8%, Medivation (Nasdaq:MDVN) is currently at a share price of $49.36. So far today, 744,741 shares have changed hands. This is 0.7 times the average volume over the last three months.

Currently trading at $36.94 per share, Charles River (NYSE:CRL) has fallen 2.4%. At 116,289 shares, the company's volume so far today is 0.1 times the average daily volume.

Infinity Pharmaceuticals (Nasdaq:INFI) is currently trading at $33.55 per share, a 2.2% increase. The company is currently trading a volume of 245,843 shares.

Cooper Companies (NYSE:COO) has risen 1.9% to hit a current price of $94.65 per share. This morning, 233,910 shares have been traded, on pace to finish the day below yesterday's volume of 954,052 shares.

Vertex Pharmaceuticals (Nasdaq:VRTX) has fallen 1.7% and is currently trading at $42.29 per share. So far today, the company's volume is 301,186 shares. This is 0.1 times the current three-month average.

Capital Senior (NYSE:CSU) has moved up 1.6% and is currently trading at $18.27 per share. So far today, the company's volume is 72,480 shares, 0.4 times the average daily volume.

Cantel (NYSE:CMN) is at $29.90 per share after an increase of 1.6%. So far today, 18,998 shares have changed hands.

The Bottom Line On any given day, a particular stock may see positive or negative change in its share price. Paying close attention to the previous ratios will help you identify key times to adjust your strategy. However, these fundamental metrics must be analyzed with historic data, industry information in addition to firm specific financial statements.

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