During trading today, the S&P 500 dropped 0.4%, and the Health Care sector (XLV) showed little change.
The ETF, as a proxy for the sector, tracked closer to the overall market today than over the past week. Entering today's trading, XLV was up 1.4% over the last seven trading days while the S&P 500 climbed 2.3%.
Increasing 15.3% (+48 cents) to close at $3.62, NuPathe (PATH) was a major gainer in the sector. Today, 79,150 shares traded hands. The stock traded in a range of $3.15 to $3.69.
Hologic (HOLX) was a major loser in the sector. Its price dropped 9.9% (-$2.11) to close at $19.12, as 27.8 million shares moved. The stock traded between $18.80 and $20.24. The share price has been decreasing in the last month, down $2.62 (-12.1%) from $21.74 on March 29, 2012.
POZEN (POZN) rose 6.7% to close at $6.66, cross its 50-day moving average of $6.37 and 200-day moving average of $4.55.
Covance (CVD) rose 1.5% to close at $46.76, approaching its 50-day moving average of $46.77. It has also moved closer to its 200-day moving average of $46.97. Pharmacyclics (ESC) fell 3.6% to close at $27.56, moving closer to its 50-day moving average of $26.93. Also, the stock moved closer to its 200-day moving average of $17.15.
MEDTOX Scientific (MTOX) hit a new 52-week high today, reaching $22.29 to top the previous high of $20.88.