5 Stocks in the Healthcare Sector Leading the Rally

Through most of the trading day, these stocks are helping the Healthcare (NYSE:XLV) sector move higher approximately 2% today. Long time Wall St. Cheat Sheet readers know to watch stock prices because Technicals on the Stock Chart are Strong’ is one of the ‘T’s in our CHEAT SHEET investing framework.

Luxottica Group S.p.A. (NYSE:LUX) is one of the top price gainers. Its stock price is $28.90, which is $1.05 (+3.8%) above the previous close of $27.85. Luxottica Group S.p.A designs, manufactures and distributes fashion, luxury and sport/performance eyewear. It operates in two industry segments: manufacturing and wholesale distribution; and retail distribution.

Stock Price Performance: From July 11, 2011, to September 6, 2011, the stock price had fallen $2.67 (-8.7%) from $30.52 to $27.85. The stock price saw one of its best stretches over the last year between March 25, 2011 and April 6, 2011 when shares rose for nine straight trading days, rising 4.7% (+$1.46). It saw one of its worst periods between March 9, 2011 and March 16, 2011 when shares fell for six straight trading days, falling 9.5% (-$3.02).

Shares of DENTSPLY International Inc. (NASDAQ:XRAY) are trading at $34.89, up $1.54 (+4.6%) from the previous close of $33.35. DENTSPLY International, Inc. manufactures and distributes dental equipment and products, including artificial teeth and dental consumable products.

Stock Price Performance: From July 8, 2011, to September 2, 2011, the stock price had fallen $5.26 (-13.4%) from $39.23 to $33.97. The stock price saw one of its best stretches over the last year between June 27, 2011 and July 8, 2011 when shares rose for nine straight trading days, rising 5.6% (+$2.07). It saw one of its worst periods between May 31, 2011 and June 8, 2011 when shares fell for seven straight trading days, falling 5.7% (-$2.22).

Universal Health Services Inc. (NYSE:UHS) is one of the top price gainers. Its stock price is $40.47, which is $2.15 (+5.6%) above the previous close of $38.32. Universal Health Services, Inc. through its subsidiaries is engaged in the business of owning and operating, acute care hospitals, behavioral health centers, surgical hospitals, ambulatory surgery centers and radiation oncology centers.

Stock Price Performance: From July 11, 2011, to September 6, 2011, the stock price had fallen $14.29 (-27.2%) from $52.61 to $38.32. The stock price saw one of its best stretches over the last year between April 18, 2011 and April 28, 2011 when shares rose for eight straight trading days, rising 18.8% (+$8.64). It saw one of its worst periods between July 26, 2011 and August 8, 2011 when shares fell for 10 straight trading days, falling 29.9% (-$15.70).

Shares of PerkinElmer, Inc. (NYSE:PKI) are trading at $22.13, up 77 cents (+3.6%) from the previous close of $21.36. PerkinElmer, Inc. provides technology, services and solutions to the environmental monitoring, diagnostics, academic research and safety security markets.

Stock Price Performance: From July 11, 2011, to September 6, 2011, the stock price had fallen $5.10 (-19.3%) from $26.46 to $21.36. It saw one of its worst periods between August 15, 2011 and August 22, 2011 when shares fell for six straight trading days, falling 8.6% (-$1.95). The stock price saw one of its best stretches over the last year between December 6, 2010 and December 14, 2010 when shares rose for seven straight trading days, rising 5.2% (+$1.25).

Lincare Holdings Inc. (NASDAQ:LNCR) is one of the top price gainers. Its stock price is $21.79, which is $1.22 (+5.9%) above the previous close of $20.57. Lincare Holdings Inc. together with its subsidiaries is a provider of oxygen and other respiratory therapy services to patients in the home.

Stock Price Performance: From July 11, 2011, to September 6, 2011, the stock price had fallen $8.91 (-30.2%) from $29.48 to $20.57. The stock price saw one of its best stretches over the last year between December 6, 2010 and December 14, 2010 when shares rose for seven straight trading days, rising 3.8% (+95 cents). It saw one of its worst periods between July 21, 2011 and August 2, 2011 when shares fell for nine straight trading days, falling 8.5% (-$2.25).