5 Heavy Volume Healthcare Stocks This Afternoon

Through early afternoon trading on Thursday, August 11, 2011, these stocks are very active in the Healthcare (NYSE:IYH) sector.

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Shares of Johnson & Johnson (NYSE:JNJ) are among the most actively traded stocks in the market today. They have a dollar volume of $1.22 billion, with a current price of $62.97 and 19.4 million shares being traded.

Stock Price Performance: During July 12, 2011 to August 9, 2011, the stock price had dropped $4.83 (-7.2%) from $67.03 to $62.20. 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 days, rising 5.8% (+$3.30) over that span. It saw one of its worst periods between July 22, 2011 and August 4, 2011 when shares fell for 10-straight days, falling 7.3% (-$4.88) over that span.

Shares of Pfizer Inc. (NYSE:PFE) have a dollar volume today of $871.9 million, sitting at a current price of $17.77 with 49.1 million shares traded.

Stock Price Performance: During May 13, 2011 to August 9, 2011, the stock price had fallen $3.09 (-14.9%) from $20.69 to $17.60. 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 days, rising 6.2% (+$1.21) over that span. It saw one of its worst periods between July 6, 2011 and July 18, 2011 when shares fell for nine-straight days, falling 5.5% (-$1.13) over that span.

Shares of Merck & Co Inc. (NYSE:MRK) are among the most actively traded stocks in the market today. There are 16.7 million shares trading hands at $30.98, making up a dollar volume of $517 million.

Stock Price Performance: During May 13, 2011 to August 9, 2011, the stock price had fallen $5.46 (-14.9%) from $36.68 to $31.22. 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 days, rising 7.4% (+$2.49) over that span. It saw one of its worst periods between July 21, 2011 and August 4, 2011 when shares fell for 11-straight days, falling 12.9% (-$4.67) over that span.

Shares of Abbott Laboratories (NYSE:ABT) are among the most actively traded stocks in the market today. 7.7 million shares are being traded at $48.77, making up a dollar volume of $375 million.

Stock Price Performance: During May 13, 2011 to August 9, 2011, the stock price had fallen $4.45 (-8.4%) from $53.01 to $48.56. The stock price saw one of its best stretches over the last year between March 25, 2011 and April 4, 2011 when shares rose for seven-straight days, rising 4.6% (+$2.18) over that span. It saw one of its worst periods between July 22, 2011 and August 2, 2011 when shares fell for eight-straight days, falling 5.2% (-$2.75) over that span.

Shares of Bristol-Myers Squibb Company (NYSE:BMY) are among the most actively traded stocks in the market today. They have a dollar volume of $356 million, with a current price of $27.77 and 12.8 million shares being traded.

Stock Price Performance: During July 12, 2011 to August 9, 2011, the stock price had dropped $1.91 (-6.6%) from $29.01 to $27.10. It saw one of its worst periods between January 3, 2011 and January 11, 2011 when shares fell for seven-straight days, falling 2.5% (-63 cents) over that span. 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 days, rising 5.1% (+$1.25) over that span.

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