On a trading day that saw the S&P 500 gain 0.5%, the Health Care sector (XLV) showed little change.
Although it went in the opposite direction of the market today, the ETF tracked closer to the overall market today than over the past month. Entering today's trading, XLV was up 1.8% over the last thirty trading days while the S&P 500 was down 0.1%.
BioMimetic Therapeutics (BMTI) was a major loser in the sector. Its price dropped 10.4% (-33 cents) to close at $2.84, as 393,667 shares moved. The stock traded between $2.79 and $3.20. The stock has risen 42 cents (17.4%) over the last three months from a price of $2.42 on March 29, 2012.
China Biologic Products (CBPO) was a significant gainer in the sector, rising 9.4%. The stock closed at $9.86 with 15,565 shares moving. The stock traded in a range of $9.05 to $10.28. Share price is up, having risen $1.96 (24.8%) from $7.90 on May 25, 2012.
Gentiva Health Services (GTIV) fell 5% to close at $6.14, crossing its 50-day moving average of $6.34. Meanwhile, LifePoint Hospitals (LPNT) climbed 1.6% to close at $38.25, moving past its 200-day moving average of $38.14.
Shire Plc. (SHPGY) rose 4.1% to close at $86.02, approaching its 50-day moving average of $89.97. It has also moved closer to its 200-day moving average of $96.67.
Osiris Therapeutics (OSIR) hit a new 52-week high today, reaching $13.88 to top the previous high of $13.22.
Ventrus Biosciences (VTUS) hit a new 52-week low today, hitting $4.67 to fall below the previous low of $4.85.