Stock Prices Climbing For These Stocks in the Healthcare Sector

Through early trading on Wednesday, August 31, 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.

Stryker Corporation (NYSE:SYK) is one of the top price gainers. Its stock price is $49.35, which is $1.66 (+3.5%) above the previous close of $47.69. Stryker is a medical technology firm, which produces a range of products in medical implants, surgical technologies and emergency medical equipment. It is divided into two segments, which are Orthopaedic Implants and MedSurg Equipment.

Stock Price Performance: From July 5, 2011, to August 30, 2011, the stock price had fallen $11.98 (-20.1%) from $59.67 to $47.69. The stock price saw one of its best stretches over the last year between May 6, 2011 and May 18, 2011 when shares rose for nine straight trading days, rising 7.2% (+$4.30). It saw one of its worst periods between May 19, 2011 and May 27, 2011 when shares fell for seven straight trading days, falling 2.9% (-$1.83).

Shares of Luxottica Group S.p.A. (NYSE:LUX) are trading at $29.79, up 84 cents (+2.9%) from the previous close of $28.95. Luxottica Group S.p.A 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 5, 2011, to August 30, 2011, the stock price had fallen $3.69 (-11.3%) from $32.64 to $28.95. 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).

Pharmaceutical Product Development, Inc. (NASDAQ:PPDI) is one of the top price gainers. Its stock price is $31.73, which is 84 cents (+2.7%) above the previous close of $30.89. Pharmaceutical Product Development, Inc. is a global contract research organization, which provides drug discovery and development services, post-approval expertise and compound partnering programs.

Stock Price Performance: From June 3, 2011, to August 29, 2011, the stock price had risen $4.21 (15.5%) from $27.11 to $31.32. The stock price saw one of its best stretches over the last year between December 7, 2010 and December 16, 2010 when shares rose for eight straight trading days, rising 7.5% (+$1.86). It saw one of its worst periods between March 9, 2011 and March 18, 2011 when shares fell for eight straight trading days, falling 5.5% (-$1.58).

Shares of Patterson Companies Inc. (NASDAQ:PDCO) are trading at $29.38, up 65 cents (+2.3%) from the previous close of $28.73. Patterson Companies distributes dental, companion-pet veterinarian and rehabilitation supplies.

Stock Price Performance: From July 5, 2011, to August 30, 2011, the stock price had fallen $4.85 (-14.4%) from $33.58 to $28.73. The stock price saw one of its best stretches over the last year between March 25, 2011 and April 7, 2011 when shares rose for 10 straight trading days, rising 6.1% (+$1.92). It saw one of its worst periods between May 19, 2011 and June 8, 2011 when shares fell for 14 straight trading days, falling 13.8% (-$5.06).

Lincare Holdings Inc. (NASDAQ:LNCR) is one of the top price gainers. Its stock price is $22.08, which is 59 cents (+2.7%) above the previous close of $21.49. Lincare Holdings Inc. together with its subsidiaries is a provider of oxygen and other respiratory therapy services to patients in the home.

Stock Price Performance: From July 5, 2011, to August 30, 2011, the stock price had fallen $8.07 (-27.3%) from $29.56 to $21.49. The stock price saw one of its best stretches over the last year between December 6, 2010 and December 14, 2010 when shares rose for seven straight trading days, rising 3.8% (+95 cents). It saw one of its worst periods between July 21, 2011 and August 2, 2011 when shares fell for nine straight trading days, falling 8.5% (-$2.25).

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