5 Healthcare Stocks Rapidly Changing Hands August 30th

Through the early part of trading on Tuesday, August 30, 2011, these stocks are very active in the Healthcare (NYSE:XLV) sector.

Shares of Johnson & Johnson (NYSE:JNJ) are among the most actively traded stocks in the market. There are 2.3 million shares trading hands at $65.35(–63 cents), making up a dollar volume of $149.1 million.

Stock Price Performance: From June 30, 2011, to August 26, 2011, the stock price had fallen $1.65 (-2.5%) from $65.93 to $64.28. The stock price saw one of its best stretches over the last year between September 7, 2010 and September 20, 2010 when shares rose for 10 straight trading days, rising 5.8% (+$3.27). It saw one of its worst periods between July 22, 2011 and August 4, 2011 when shares fell for 10 straight trading days, falling 7.3% (-$4.84).

Shares of Pfizer Inc. (NYSE:PFE) are among the most actively traded stocks in the market. They have a dollar volume today of $199.4 million, based on a current price of $18.58 (–33 cents) and 10.7 million shares being traded.

Stock Price Performance: From June 2, 2011, to August 26, 2011, the stock price had fallen $2.56 (-12.3%) from $20.77 to $18.21. The stock price saw one of its best stretches over the last year between April 21, 2011 and May 2, 2011 when shares rose for seven straight trading days, rising 6.2% (+$1.21). It saw one of its worst periods between July 6, 2011 and July 18, 2011 when shares fell for nine straight trading days, falling 5.5% (-$1.13).

Shares of Merck & Co Inc. (NYSE:MRK) are among the most actively traded stocks in the market. There are 2.5 million shares trading hands at $32.22(–23 cents), making up a dollar volume of $80.5 million.

Stock Price Performance: From June 2, 2011, to August 26, 2011, the stock price had fallen $3.84 (-10.7%) from $35.76 to $31.92. The stock price saw one of its best stretches over the last year between April 21, 2011 and May 4, 2011 when shares rose for nine straight trading days, rising 7.4% (+$2.49). It saw one of its worst periods between July 21, 2011 and August 4, 2011 when shares fell for 11 straight trading days, falling 12.9% (-$4.67).

Shares of Bristol-Myers Squibb Company (NYSE:BMY) are among the most actively traded stocks in the market. They have a dollar volume today of $101.3 million, based on a current price of $28.88 (–50 cents) and 3.5 million shares being traded.

Stock Price Performance: From June 2, 2011, to August 26, 2011, the stock price had risen 95 cents (3.4%) from $27.77 to $28.72. The stock price saw one of its best stretches over the last year between August 30, 2010 and September 13, 2010 when shares rose for 10 straight trading days, rising 5.1% (+$1.25). It saw one of its worst periods between January 3, 2011 and January 11, 2011 when shares fell for seven straight trading days, falling 2.5% (-63 cents).

Shares of Eli Lilly and Company (NYSE:LLY) are among the most actively traded stocks in the market. There are 1.5 million shares trading hands at $36.64(–44 cents), making up a dollar volume of $56.2 million.

Stock Price Performance: From July 29, 2011, to August 26, 2011, the stock price had dropped $1.99 (-5.3%) from $37.76 to $35.77. The stock price saw one of its best stretches over the last year between April 29, 2011 and May 16, 2011 when shares rose for 12 straight trading days, rising 7.1% (+$2.57). It saw one of its worst periods between November 9, 2010 and November 17, 2010 when shares fell for seven straight trading days, falling 2.5% (-85 cents).