Healthcare Stocks Attracting Major Trading Interest Today

These stocks are very active in the Healthcare (NYSE:IYH) sector today.

Shares of Johnson & Johnson (NYSE:JNJ) have a dollar volume today of $1.13 billion, sitting at a current price of $60.91 with 18.5 million shares traded.

Stock Price Performance: During July 8, 2011 to August 5, 2011, the stock price had dropped $4.86 (-7.2%) from $67.57 to $62.71. 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) are among the most actively traded stocks in the market today. There are 65.5 million shares trading hands at $17.01, making up a dollar volume of $1.11 billion.

Stock Price Performance: During June 9, 2011 to August 5, 2011, the stock price had fallen $3.03 (-14.8%) from $20.52 to $17.49. 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. 19.7 million shares are being traded at $30.14, making up a dollar volume of $592.7 million.

Stock Price Performance: During May 11, 2011 to August 5, 2011, the stock price had fallen $4.53 (-12.5%) from $36.24 to $31.71. 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. They have a dollar volume of $498.2 million, with a current price of $47.58 and 10.5 million shares being traded.

Stock Price Performance: During July 8, 2011 to August 5, 2011, the stock price had dropped $2.62 (-5%) from $52.85 to $50.23. 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 Eli Lilly and Company (NYSE:LLY) are among the most actively traded stocks in the market today. There are 13.1 million shares trading hands at $34.53, making up a dollar volume of $451.4 million.

Stock Price Performance: During May 11, 2011 to August 5, 2011, the stock price had fallen $2.04 (-5.3%) from $38.28 to $36.24. The stock price saw one of its best stretches over the last year between April 29, 2011 and May 16, 2011 when shares rose for 12-straight days, rising 7.1% (+$2.61) over that span. It saw one of its worst periods between November 9, 2010 and November 17, 2010 when shares fell for seven-straight days, falling 2.5% (-85 cents) over that span.