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)

  • Vical Incorporated (NASDAQ:VICL): The shares closed at $2.72, up $0.29, or 11.93%, on the day. Its market capitalization is $195.40 million. About the company: Vical Incorporated develops gene-based pharmaceutical products for human therapy. The Company develops cancer product candidates, as well as develops vaccines for infectious diseases and gene-based delivery of therapeutic proteins for other disorders.
  • Cadence Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ:CADX): The shares closed at $6.35, up $0.55, or 9.48%, on the day. Its market capitalization is $403.95 million. About the company: Cadence Pharmaceuticals Inc. is a biopharmaceutical company that develops drugs for use in hospitals. The Company produces intravenous APAP for the treatment of acute pain and fever, and omiganan for the prevention of intravascular catheter-related infections.
  • Momenta Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ:MNTA): The shares closed at $11.23, up $0.61, or 5.74%, on the day. Its market capitalization is $574.68 million. About the company: Momenta Pharmaceuticals, Inc. is a biotechnology company. The Company specializes in sequencing and engineering of complex sugars for the development of improved versions of existing drugs, the development of novel drugs, and the discovery of new biological processes. Momenta also develops technology-enabled generic products.
  • AtriCure Inc. (NASDAQ:ATRC): The shares closed at $10.25, up $0.45, or 4.59%, on the day. Its market capitalization is $166.71 million. About the company: AtriCure, Inc. develops, manufactures, and sells surgical devices designed to create precise lesions in soft tissues. The Company’s bipolar ablation system is used by cardiothoracic surgeons as a standard treatment alternative to create lesions in heart tissue to block the abnormal electrical impulses that cause atrial fibrillation.
  • Orexigen Therapeutics (NASDAQ:OREX): The shares closed at $2.26, up $0.07, or 3.2%, on the day. Its market capitalization is $108.67 million. About the company: Orexigen Therapeutics Inc. is a biopharmaceutical company. The Company is focused on the development and commercialization of pharmaceutical products for the treatment of the central nervous system, or CNS, disorders with an initial focus on obesity.

Losers (% price change)

  • SIGA Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ:SIGA): The shares closed at $2.69, down $2.03, or 43.01%, on the day. Its market capitalization is $138.03 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.
  • BioScrip Inc. (NASDAQ:BIOS): The shares closed at $5.40, down $0.85, or 13.6%, on the day. Its market capitalization is $295.42 million. About the company: BioScrip, Inc. is a pharmacy benefit management and specialty pharmaceutical organization that partners with managed care organizations and healthcare providers to control prescription drug costs. The Company provides pharmacy benefit products and services and mail order pharmacy services, and is the fulfillment center for online retailers offering prescription and OTC products.
  • Hansen Medical, Inc. (NASDAQ:HNSN): The shares closed at $3.29, down $0.43, or 11.56%, on the day. Its market capitalization is $180.57 million. About the company: Hansen Medical, Inc. develops and manufactures medical robotics designed for positioning, manipulation and control of catheters and catheter-based technologies.
  • Sunrise Senior Living (NYSE:SRZ): The shares closed at $4.61, down $0.49, or 9.61%, on the day. Its market capitalization is $265.69 million. About the company: Sunrise Senior Living, Inc. provides senior living services. The Company has various senior living communities either open or under construction in the United States, the United Kingdom, and Canada. Sunrise offers a range of senior living services, from independent living, to assisted living, to care for individuals with Alzheimer’s, and nursing and rehabilitative care.
  • WuXi PharmaTech (Cayman (NYSE:WX): The shares closed at $11.56, down $1.21, or 9.48%, on the day. Its market capitalization is $820.78 million. About the company: WuXi PharmaTech (Cayman) Inc. provides pharmaceutical and biotechnology research and development outsourcing. The Company’s services include discovery chemistry, service biology, analytical, pharmaceutical development, and manufacturing.

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

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