Healthcare Sector Review: Winning and Losing Stocks

Wall St. Watchdog reveals information about today’s action in the Healthcare (NYSE:XLV) sector:

Gainers (% price change)

  • MELA Sciences, Inc. (NASDAQ:MELA): The shares closed at $5.92, up $1.29, or 27.86%, on the day. Its market capitalization is $149.55 million. About the company: MELA Sciences Inc is a medical device company focused on the design and development of a non-invasive, point-of-care instrument to assist in the early diagnosis of melanoma. The Company’s product features a device that captures images of suspicious pigmented skin lesions and extracts data.
  • Enzo Biochem, Inc. (NYSE:ENZ): The shares closed at $2.84, up $0.53, or 22.94%, on the day. Its market capitalization is $109.59 million. About the company: Enzo Biochem, Inc. researches, develops, and manufactures health care products based on molecular biology and genetic engineering techniques. The Company also provides diagnostic services to the medical community. Enzo Biochem’s labeling and detection products for gene sequencing and genetic analysis are sold to the life sciences market throughout the world.
  • Cornerstone Therapeutics (NASDAQ:CRTX): The shares closed at $7.05, up $1.26, or 21.76%, on the day. Its market capitalization is $182.99 million. About the company: Cornerstone Therapeutics, Inc. is a biopharmaceutical company that discovers, develops, and commercializes therapeutic products. The Company develops products that are designed to regulate the body’s inflammatory response associated with asthma and critical care diseases, and products for the respiratory market.
  • SIGA Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ:SIGA): The shares closed at $3.46, up $0.54, or 18.49%, on the day. Its market capitalization is $177.55 million. About the company: SIGA Technologies, Inc. explores, develops, and markets products for use in defense against biological warfare agents. The Company’s also offers products such as novel anti-infectives or the prevention and treatment of serious infectious diseases.
  • Metabolix, Inc. (NASDAQ:MBLX): The shares closed at $4.16, up $0.62, or 17.51%, on the day. Its market capitalization is $141.78 million. About the company: Metabolix, Inc. produces biobased, biodegradable, natural plastics and chemicals.

Losers (% price change)

  • Amedisys, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMED): The shares closed at $11.53, down $1.87, or 13.96%, on the day. Its market capitalization is $337.36 million. About the company: Amedisys, Inc. is a multi-regional provider of alternate-site health care services. The Company offers home health care nursing, home infusion therapy, and ambulatory surgery centers. Amedisys operates offices within a network of subsidiaries in the southern and southeastern United States.
  • Simcere Pharmaceutical (NYSE:SCR): The shares closed at $8.66, down $0.52, or 5.66%, on the day. Its market capitalization is $466.81 million. About the company: Simcere Pharmaceutical Group manufactures and supplies branded generic pharmaceuticals to the China market. The Company’s products include antibiotics, anti-cancer medications and anti-stroke medications.
  • Emergent BioSolutions Inc (NYSE:EBS): The shares closed at $16.25, down $0.88, or 5.14%, on the day. Its market capitalization is $582.57 million. About the company: Emergent Biosolutions, Inc. develops and produces immunobiotics, pharmaceutical products that assist the body’s immune system to prevent or treat disease. The Company produces a vaccine for anthrax.
  • Pharmasset, Inc. (NASDAQ:VRUS): The shares closed at $74.08, down $3.92, or 5.03%, on the day. Its market capitalization is $5.59 billion. About the company: Pharmasset, Inc. is a pharmaceutical company. The Company develops oral therapeutics for the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), hepatitis B (HBV), and hepatitis C (HCV).
  • LHC Group, Inc. (NASDAQ:LHCG): The shares closed at $15.01, down $0.63, or 4.03%, on the day. Its market capitalization is $282.03 million. About the company: LHC Group Inc. provides post-acute healthcare services primarily to Medicare beneficiaries in rural markets in the southern United States. The company provides home-based services through home nursing agencies and hospices and facility-based services through long-term acute care hospitals and outpatient rehabilitation clinics.

(Note: Selected financial data are sourced from Google Finance. All data are assumed to be accurate.)

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