Pfizer and Merck Among Biggest Healthcare Stock Volume Movers Today

After the close of trading on Tuesday, August 30, 2011, these stocks were very active in the Healthcare (NYSE:XLV) sector.

Shares of Johnson & Johnson (NYSE:JNJ) are among the most actively traded stocks in the market. They have a dollar volume today of $716.3 million, based on a current price of $65.77 (-9 cents) and 10.9 million shares being traded.

Stock Price Performance: From June 30, 2011, to August 26, 2011, the stock price had fallen $1.65 (-2.5%) from $65.93 to $64.28. 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 trading days, rising 5.8% (+$3.27). 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).

Shares of Pfizer Inc. (NYSE:PFE) have a dollar volume of $806.7 million based on a current price of $18.88 and 42.7 million shares traded.

Stock Price Performance: From June 2, 2011, to August 26, 2011, the stock price had fallen $2.56 (-12.3%) from $20.77 to $18.21. 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 among the most actively traded stocks in the market. They have a dollar volume today of $413.2 million, based on a current price of $32.70 (+24 cents) and 12.6 million shares being traded.

Stock Price Performance: From June 2, 2011, to August 26, 2011, the stock price had fallen $3.84 (-10.7%) from $35.76 to $31.92. 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% (+$2.49). 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% (-$4.67).

Shares of Abbott Laboratories (NYSE:ABT) have a dollar volume of $365.3 million based on a current price of $51.74(+53 cents) and 7.1 million shares traded.

Stock Price Performance: From July 1, 2011, to August 29, 2011, the stock price had fallen $1.41 (-2.7%) from $52.62 to $51.21. 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 Bristol-Myers Squibb Company (NYSE:BMY) are among the most actively traded stocks in the market. They have a dollar volume today of $451.9 million, based on a current price of $29.12 (-17 cents) and 15.5 million shares being traded.

Stock Price Performance: From June 2, 2011, to August 26, 2011, the stock price had risen 95 cents (3.4%) from $27.77 to $28.72. 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 trading days, rising 5.1% (+$1.25). It saw one of its worst periods between January 3, 2011 and January 11, 2011 when shares fell for seven straight trading days, falling 2.5% (-63 cents).

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