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Tickers in this Article: SRPT, WPI, MGLN, AEGR, HTWR, PCYC, CNC
Currently, the Nasdaq has climbed 0.6%, the S&P 500 has risen 0.2% and the Dow has been relatively flat. 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 up 0.1% so far today and here are its biggest movers:
CompanyMarket CapPercentage Change
Sarepta Therapeutics (Nasdaq:SRPT)5.5 million+4.9%
Watson Pharmaceuticals, Inc (NYSE:WPI).38 billion-3.7%
Magellan Health Services (Nasdaq:MGLN).43 billion-3.4%
Aegerion Pharmaceuticals (Nasdaq:AEGR)4.6 million+2.6%
HeartWare International (Nasdaq:HTWR).17 billion+2.3%
Pharmacyclics (Nasdaq:PCYC).01 billion+2.1%
Centene (NYSE:CNC).03 billion+2.1%
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Rising 4.9%, Sarepta Therapeutics (Nasdaq:SRPT) is currently trading at $24.95 per share. So far today, the company's volume is 479,152 shares, in keeping with the average volume over the past three months.

After a decline of 3.7%, Watson Pharmaceuticals, Inc (NYSE:WPI) has hit a share price of $85.76. This morning, the company is trading a volume of 1.3 million shares.

Magellan Health Services (Nasdaq:MGLN) has decreased to $50 per share, a 3.4% fall. So far today, the company's volume is 261,613 shares, 1.4 times the average daily volume.

Aegerion Pharmaceuticals (Nasdaq:AEGR) is currently trading at $25.55 per share, a 2.6% increase. The company's volume is currently 71,929 shares. This is a sign that there will be less trading activity than there was yesterday.

HeartWare International (Nasdaq:HTWR) is up 2.3% to reach a current price of $83.08 per share. With 56,687 shares changing hands so far today, the company's volume is 0.4 times its average over the past three months.

Pharmacyclics (Nasdaq:PCYC) has increased to a share price of $58.87, a 2.1% rise. So far today, the company's volume is 116,806 shares.

Increasing 2.1%, Centene (NYSE:CNC) is trading at $40.17 per share. The company's volume is currently 76,250 shares for the day, 0.1 times the current daily average.

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. 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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