Healthcare Stocks Spiking Higher Now

These are stocks helping the Healthcare (NYSE:IYH) sector today. 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.

Shares of Becton, Dickinson and Company (NYSE:BDX) are trading at $77.20, up 78 cents (+1%) from a previous close of $76.42.

Stock Price Performance: During July 8, 2011 to August 5, 2011, the stock price had dropped $10.07 (-11.3%) from $89.30 to $79.23. The stock price saw one of its best stretches over the last year between October 7, 2010 and October 18, 2010 when shares rose for eight-straight days, rising 3.1% (+$2.26) over that span. It saw one of its worst periods between July 21, 2011 and July 28, 2011 when shares fell for six-straight days, falling 6.8% (-$6.03) over that span.

Johnson & Johnson (NYSE:JNJ) is among the top price gainers in the market today. Its shares are trading at $61.28, up 16 cents (+0.26%) from a previous close of $61.12.

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.

C. R. Bard, Inc. (NYSE:BCR) is one of the top price gainers today. Its stock price is $88.44, which is $2.43 (+2.83%) above the previous close of $86.01.

Stock Price Performance: During July 8, 2011 to August 5, 2011, the stock price had dropped $22.21 (-19.7%) from $112.63 to $90.42. The stock price saw one of its best stretches over the last year between March 16, 2011 and March 25, 2011 when shares rose for eight-straight days, rising 3.2% (+$2.99) over that span. It saw one of its worst periods between December 23, 2010 and December 31, 2010 when shares fell for six-straight days, falling 1.7% (-$1.56) over that span.

Pfizer Inc. (NYSE:PFE) is among the sector price gainers today, as its shares are trading at $17.15, up 49 cents (+2.94%) from a previous close of $16.66.

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 Bristol-Myers Squibb Company (NYSE:BMY) are trading at $26.49, up 11 cents (+0.49%) from a previous close of $26.38.

Stock Price Performance: During July 8, 2011 to August 5, 2011, the stock price had dropped $1.69 (-5.8%) from $29.12 to $27.43. It saw one of its worst periods between January 3, 2011 and January 11, 2011 when shares fell for seven-straight days, falling 2.5% (-63 cents) over that span. The stock price saw one of its best stretches over the last year between August 30, 2010 and September 13, 2010 when shares rose for 10-straight days, rising 5.1% (+$1.25) over that span