5 Healthcare Stocks Surging this Morning as Dow Climbs 1.37%

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.

Baxter International Inc (NYSE:BAX) is among the top price gainers in the sector. Its shares are trading at $53.22, up 68 cents (+0.7%) from the previous close of $52.84. Baxter International Inc is a company which develops and manufactures healthcare products that save and sustain the lives of people with chronic, acute illnesses.

Stock Price Performance: From July 27, 2011, to August 24, 2011, the stock price had dropped $4.99 (-8.4%) from $59.23 to $54.24. The stock price saw one of its best stretches over the last year between October 4, 2010 and October 12, 2010 when shares rose for seven straight trading days, rising 3.9% (+$1.81). It saw one of its worst periods between July 21, 2011 and August 4, 2011 when shares fell for 11 straight trading days, falling 14.3% (-$8.95).

St. Jude Medical, Inc. (NYSE:STJ) is among the sector price gainers, as its shares are trading at $43.91, up 61 cents (+0.8%) from the previous close of $43.57. St. Jude Medical Inc. develops, manufactures and distributes cardiovascular medical devices.

Stock Price Performance: From June 1, 2011, to August 25, 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).

C. R. Bard, Inc. (NYSE:BCR) is among the top price gainers in the sector. Its shares are trading at $89.81, up 69 cents (+0.4%) from the previous close of $89.46. C.R. Bard, Inc. designs, manufactures and sells diagnostic, medical, surgical and patient care devices.

Stock Price Performance: From June 1, 2011, to August 25, 2011, the stock price had fallen $20.78 (-18.8%) from $110.24 to $89.46. 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 trading days, rising 3.2% (+$2.99). It saw one of its worst periods between August 15, 2011 and August 22, 2011 when shares fell for six straight trading days, falling 5.8% (-$5.38).

Shares of The Cooper Companies Inc. (NYSE:COO) are trading at $69.93, up 47 cents (+0.8%) from the previous close of $69.38. 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 June 29, 2011, to August 25, 2011, the stock price had fallen $7.36 (-9.6%) from $76.74 to $69.38. 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 $36.56, up 46 cents (+0.8%) from the previous close of $36.29. 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 June 29, 2011, to August 25, 2011, the stock price had fallen $1.62 (-4.3%) from $37.91 to $36.29. The stock price saw one of its best stretches over the last year between August 26, 2010 and September 3, 2010 when shares rose for seven straight trading days, rising 13% (+$3.40). 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).

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