These Healthcare Stocks Are Rapidly Changing Hands This Morning

Through the early part of trading on Friday, September 2, 2011, these stocks are very active in the Healthcare (NYSE:XLV) sector. The healthcare sector as a whole is trading downward .61% relative to today’s S&P drop of 1.61%. The morning release of the jobs report is putting a dent in the overall markets. Pfizer Inc. (NYSE:PFE) is extending its tender offer for pain drug developer Icagen.

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Shares of Johnson & Johnson (NYSE:JNJ) are among the most actively traded stocks in the market. They have a dollar volume today of $216.9 million, based on a current price of $64.43 (-90 cents) and 3.4 million shares being traded.

Stock Price Performance: From August 4, 2011, to September 1, 2011, the stock price had risen $4.04 (6.6%) from $61.29 to $65.33. 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 $162.5 million based on a current price of $18.68(-24 cents) and 8.7 million shares traded.

Stock Price Performance: From August 4, 2011, to September 1, 2011, the stock price had risen $1.55 (8.9%) from $17.36 to $18.91. 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 $98.4 million, based on a current price of $32.51 (-44 cents) and three million shares being traded.

Stock Price Performance: From July 7, 2011, to September 1, 2011, the stock price had fallen $2.83 (-7.9%) from $35.73 to $32.90. 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 Bristol-Myers Squibb Company (NYSE:BMY) have a dollar volume of $64.8 million based on a current price of $29.49(-22 cents) and 2.2 million shares traded.

Stock Price Performance: From August 4, 2011, to September 1, 2011, the stock price had risen $2.51 (9.2%) from $27.18 to $29.69. 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 4.4% (+$1.23). 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).

Shares of Eli Lilly and Company (NYSE:LLY) are among the most actively traded stocks in the market. There are 1.7 million shares trading hands at $36.59(-56 cents), making up a dollar volume of $61 million.

Stock Price Performance: From August 25, 2011, to August 31, 2011, the stock price had risen $1.62 (4.5%) from $35.89 to $37.51. 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).

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