Healthcare Stocks Investors are Snapping Up as Markets Rise: MDT, STJ, COO, MRX, LNCR

Through early trading, these stocks are helping the Healthcare (NYSE:XLV) sector. 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.

Medtronic Inc. (NYSE:MDT) is among the top price gainers in the sector. Its shares are trading at $34.85, up 78 cents (+2.3%) from the previous close of $34.07. Medtronic provides products and therapies for medical professionals to meet the healthcare needs of their patients.

Stock Price Performance: From August 18, 2011, to September 16, 2011, the stock price had risen $3.77 (12.1%) from $31.25 to $35.02. The stock price saw one of its best stretches over the last year between March 22, 2011 and March 30, 2011 when shares rose for seven straight trading days, rising 4.7% (+$1.75). It saw one of its worst periods between May 18, 2011 and May 25, 2011 when shares fell for six straight trading days, falling 6.9% (-$2.95).

St. Jude Medical, Inc. (NYSE:STJ) is among the sector price gainers, as its shares are trading at $43.38, up 98 cents (+2.3%) from the previous close of $42.40. St. Jude Medical Inc. develops, manufactures and distributes cardiovascular medical devices.

Stock Price Performance: From July 21, 2011, to September 16, 2011, the stock price had fallen $5.97 (-12.1%) from $49.54 to $43.57. The stock price saw one of its best stretches over the last year between February 4, 2011 and February 14, 2011 when shares rose for seven straight trading days, rising 13% (+$5.39). It saw one of its worst periods between July 21, 2011 and August 2, 2011 when shares fell for nine straight trading days, falling 11.6% (-$5.73).

The Cooper Companies Inc. (NYSE:COO) is among the top price gainers in the sector. Its shares are trading at $83.11, up $3.15 (+3.9%) from the previous close of $79.96. Cooper Companies, Inc. develops, manufactures and markets healthcare products, primarily medical devices through its two business units, CooperVision, Inc. and CooperSurgical, Inc.

Stock Price Performance: From August 19, 2011, to September 19, 2011, the stock price had risen $13.74 (20.7%) from $66.22 to $79.96. The stock price saw one of its best stretches over the last year between January 28, 2011 and February 14, 2011 when shares rose for 12 straight trading days, rising 8.9% (+$5.07). It saw one of its worst periods between July 19, 2011 and July 28, 2011 when shares fell for eight straight trading days, falling 5.6% (-$4.57).

Medicis Pharmaceutical Corporation (NYSE:MRX) is among the sector price gainers, as its shares are trading at $38.88, up 79 cents (+2.1%) from the previous close of $38.10. Medicis Pharmaceutical Corporation focuses on helping patients attain a healthy and youthful appearance and self-image through the development and marketing in the U.S. of products for the treatment of dermatological and aesthetic conditions.

Stock Price Performance: From August 18, 2011, to September 16, 2011, the stock price had risen $2.37 (6.6%) from $35.68 to $38.05. The stock price saw one of its best stretches over the last year between March 31, 2011 and April 7, 2011 when shares rose for six straight trading days, rising 10.6% (+$3.38). It saw one of its worst periods between March 11, 2011 and March 18, 2011 when shares fell for six straight trading days, falling 4% (-$1.25).

Lincare Holdings Inc. (NASDAQ:LNCR) is among the top price gainers in the sector. Its shares are trading at $21.68, up 73 cents (+3.5%) from the previous close of $20.95. 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 June 23, 2011, to September 19, 2011, the stock price had fallen $8.18 (-28.1%) from $29.13 to $20.95. 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 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).