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)

  • Achillion Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ:ACHN): The shares closed at $4.95, up $0.53, or 11.99%, on the day. Its market capitalization is $345.11 million. About the company: Achillion Pharmaceuticals Inc. is a biopharmaceutical company that discovers and develops solutions for infectious diseases such as HIV, hepatitis, and resistant bacterial infections.
  • Sucampo Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ:SCMP): The shares closed at $4.10, up $0.4, or 10.81%, on the day. Its market capitalization is $171.72 million. About the company: Sucampo Pharmaceuticals, Inc. researches and develops drugs based on protones, which are derived from functional fatty acids. The Company produces a prescription drug for the treatment of chronic idiopathic constipation.
  • Pain Therapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ:PTIE): The shares closed at $4.61, up $0.43, or 10.29%, on the day. Its market capitalization is $205.75 million. About the company: Pain Therapeutics, Inc. develops drugs using it proprietary technology. The Company develops safer or more efficacious drugs for use in pain management, particularly in the area of opioid painkillers. Pain Therapeutics has products in clinical trials.
  • Dynavax Tech. Corp. (NASDAQ:DVAX): The shares closed at $2.00, up $0.17, or 9.29%, on the day. Its market capitalization is $246.84 million. About the company: Dynavax Technologies Corporation discovers, develops, and is seeking to commercialize products based on immunostimulatory sequences. The Company is developing products to treat and prevent allergies, infectious diseases, and chronic inflammatory diseases using approaches that alter immune system responses in specific ways.
  • Capital Senior Living (NYSE:CSU): The shares closed at $6.88, up $0.57, or 9.03%, on the day. Its market capitalization is $190.11 million. About the company: Capital Senior Living Corporation develops and operates senior living communities in the United States. The Company provides services such as independent living, assisted living, skilled nursing, and home care services to the elderly at its communities.

Losers (% price change)

  • Vertex Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ:VRTX): The shares closed at $40.41, down $4.03, or 9.07%, on the day. Its market capitalization is $8.41 billion. About the company: Vertex Pharmaceuticals Incorporated discovers, develops, and commercializes novel, small molecule pharmaceuticals for the treatment of diseases for which there are currently limited or no effective treatments. The Company is developing drugs for the treatment of viral diseases, multidrug resistance in cancer, inflammatory and autoimmune diseases, and neurodegenerative diseases.
  • Natus Medical, Inc. (NASDAQ:BABY): The shares closed at $7.85, down $0.78, or 9.04%, on the day. Its market capitalization is $230.09 million. About the company: Natus Medical Incorporated is a medical device company that develops, manufactures, and markets screening products. The Company’s products identify and monitor common medical disorders that may occur between conception to a baby’s first birthday. Natus is selling its ALGO products for newborn hearing screening, as well as its CO-Stat products for the evaluation of jaundice.
  • Human Genome Sciences (NASDAQ:HGSI): The shares closed at $11.13, down $0.87, or 7.25%, on the day. Its market capitalization is $2.12 billion. About the company: Human Genome Sciences, Inc. researches and develops proprietary pharmaceutical and diagnostic products. The Company’s products predict, prevent, detect, treat, and cure disease based on the discovery of human and microbial genes.
  • MELA Sciences, Inc. (NASDAQ:MELA): The shares closed at $5.35, down $0.22, or 3.95%, on the day. Its market capitalization is $135.15 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.
  • 3SBio Inc. (NASDAQ:SSRX): The shares closed at $10.35, down $0.41, or 3.81%, on the day. Its market capitalization is $226.81 million. About the company: 3SBio, Inc. is a biotechnology company. The Company researches treatments in the areas of nephrology, oncology, supportive cancer care, inflammation, and infectious diseases.

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

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