Pfizer and 4 Healthcare Stocks on the Rise Mid-Day: PFE, MRK, ABT, BAX, STJ

Through early trading on Thursday, September 29, 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.

Pfizer Inc. (NYSE:PFE) is one of the top price gainers. Its stock price is $17.95, which is 39 cents (+2.2%) above the previous close of $17.56. Pfizer is a global pharmaceutical company which develops and manufactures prescription medications for humans and animals.

Stock Price Performance: From July 1, 2011, to September 27, 2011, the stock price had fallen $2.77 (-13.5%) from $20.52 to $17.75. 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 trading days, rising 6.2% (+$1.21). It saw one of its worst periods between July 6, 2011 and July 18, 2011 when shares fell for nine straight trading days, falling 5.5% (-$1.13).

Shares of Merck & Co Inc. (NYSE:MRK) are trading at $32.45, up 51 cents (+1.6%) from the previous close of $31.94. Merck is a global research-driven company that develops and manufactures a range of innovative pharmaceutical products to improve human and animal health.

Stock Price Performance: From July 1, 2011, to September 27, 2011, the stock price had fallen $3.04 (-8.6%) from $35.18 to $32.14. 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 trading days, rising 7.4% (+$2.46). It saw one of its worst periods between July 21, 2011 and August 4, 2011 when shares fell for 11 straight trading days, falling 12.9% (-$4.61).

Abbott Laboratories (NYSE:ABT) is one of the top price gainers. Its stock price is $51.88, which is 97 cents (+1.9%) above the previous close of $50.91. Abbott Laboratories is a pharmaceuticals health care company, whose main line of business is in the discovery, development, manufacture, and sale of a broad range of health care products. Its customers include wholesalers, hospitals and commercial laboratories.

Stock Price Performance: From July 1, 2011, to September 27, 2011, the stock price had fallen $1.42 (-2.7%) from $52.62 to $51.20. 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 trading days, rising 4.6% (+$2.18). It saw one of its worst periods between July 22, 2011 and August 2, 2011 when shares fell for eight straight trading days, falling 5.2% (-$2.75).

Shares of Baxter International Inc (NYSE:BAX) are trading at $56.68, up $1.02 (+1.8%) from the previous close of $55.66. Baxter International is a company that develops and manufactures healthcare products that save and sustain the lives of people with chronic, acute illnesses.

Stock Price Performance: From July 1, 2011, to September 27, 2011, the stock price had fallen $4.01 (-6.7%) from $59.88 to $55.87. 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% (+$1.79). 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% (-$8.90).

St. Jude Medical, Inc. (NYSE:STJ) is one of the top price gainers. Its stock price is $37.56, which is 50 cents (+1.4%) above the previous close of $37.06. St. Jude Medical develops, manufactures and distributes cardiovascular medical devices.

Stock Price Performance: From July 1, 2011, to September 27, 2011, the stock price had fallen $9.61 (-19.8%) from $48.58 to $38.97. 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).

 

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