Johnson & Johnson and 4 Healthcare Stocks with Solid Pops: JNJ, LLY, CAH, LUX, DGX

Through early trading on Monday, September 26, 2011, these stocks are helping the Healthcare (NYSE:XLV) 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.

Johnson & Johnson (NYSE:JNJ) is among the sector price gainers, as its shares are trading at $62.27, up 69 cents (+1.1%) from the previous close of $61.59. Johnson & Johnson is a holding company involved in the research and development, manufacture and sale of a range of health care products.

Stock Price Performance: From June 29, 2011, to September 23, 2011, the stock price had fallen $4.13 (-6.3%) from $65.72 to $61.59. The stock price saw one of its best stretches over the last year between June 24, 2011 and July 5, 2011 when shares rose for seven straight trading days, rising 3.9% (+$2.53). It saw one of its worst periods between July 22, 2011 and August 4, 2011 when shares fell for 10 straight trading days, falling 7.3% (-$4.84).

Eli Lilly and Company (NYSE:LLY) is among the top price gainers in the sector. Its shares are trading at $36.34, up 27 cents (+0.8%) from the previous close of $36.07. Eli Lilly develops and manufactures pharmaceutical products as well as animal health products.

Stock Price Performance: From September 19, 2011, to September 23, 2011, the stock price had dropped $1.45 (-3.9%) from $37.52 to $36.07. 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 trading days, rising 7.1% (+$2.57). It saw one of its worst periods between November 9, 2010 and November 17, 2010 when shares fell for seven straight trading days, falling 2.5% (-85 cents).

Cardinal Health Inc. (NYSE:CAH) is among the sector price gainers, as its shares are trading at $41.98, up 13 cents (+0.6%) from the previous close of $41.72. Cardinal Health offers products and services that improve the safety and productivity of healthcare providers.

Stock Price Performance: From June 29, 2011, to September 23, 2011, the stock price had fallen $3.29 (-7.3%) from $45.01 to $41.72. The stock price saw one of its best stretches over the last year between June 27, 2011 and July 7, 2011 when shares rose for eight straight trading days, rising 7.1% (+$3.10). It saw one of its worst periods between April 7, 2011 and April 14, 2011 when shares fell for six straight trading days, falling 3.8% (-$1.58).

Luxottica Group S.p.A. (NYSE:LUX) is among the top price gainers in the sector. Its shares are trading at $26.69, up 28 cents (+1.3%) from the previous close of $26.36. Luxottica Group designs, manufactures, and distributes fashion, luxury and sport/performance eyewear. It operates in two industry segments: manufacturing and wholesale distribution; and retail distribution.

Stock Price Performance: From July 28, 2011, to September 23, 2011, the stock price had fallen $5.41 (-17%) from $31.77 to $26.36. The stock price saw one of its best stretches over the last year between March 25, 2011 and April 6, 2011 when shares rose for nine straight trading days, rising 4.7% (+$1.46). It saw one of its worst periods between March 9, 2011 and March 16, 2011 when shares fell for six straight trading days, falling 9.5% (-$3.02).

Quest Diagnostics Incorporated (NYSE:DGX) is among the sector price gainers, as its shares are trading at $48.37, up 32 cents (+0.7%) from the previous close of $48.05. Quest Diagnostics, Inc. provides diagnostic testing, information and services to patients, physicians and others.

Stock Price Performance: From June 29, 2011, to September 23, 2011, the stock price had fallen $10.36 (-17.7%) from $58.41 to $48.05. The stock price saw one of its best stretches over the last year between December 13, 2010 and December 22, 2010 when shares rose for eight straight trading days, rising 7.1% (+$3.58). It saw one of its worst periods between August 15, 2011 and August 22, 2011 when shares fell for six straight trading days, falling 6% (-$2.93).