The Health Care sector (XLV) showed little movement while the S&P 500 gained 0.2% during trading today.
Although it moved in the opposite direction of the market, the ETF tracked closer to the overall market today than it has over the past week. Going into trading today, XLV was down 0.3% over the last seven trading days. The S&P 500, in comparison, was up 0.7%.
ChemoCentryx (CCXI) was a major gainer in the sector, rising 15.6% (+$1.96) to close at $14.54 with 7,529 shares moving. The stock traded in a range of $13.06 to $14.78.
Exelixis (EXEL) was a major loser in the sector. Its price dropped 13.1% (-73 cents) to close at $4.85, as 7.9 million shares moved. The stock traded between $4.84 and $5.20. Shares are down $1.60 (-24.8%) from a price of $6.45 on July 30, 2012.
Viropharma (VPHM) rose 14% to close at $22.66, cross its 50-day moving average of $22.22 and 200-day moving average of $24.23. Endo Pharmaceuticals Holdings (ENDP) declined 1.2% to close at $29.78, moving below its 50-day moving average of $30.07 and 200-day moving average of $33.28.
The Cooper Companies (COO) rose 3.4% to close at $75.10, approaching its 50-day moving average of $76.97. It has also moved closer to its 200-day moving average of $78.81. Bio-Reference Laboratories (AMRN) fell 3.7% to close at $25.87, moving closer to its 50-day moving average of $25.71. Also, the stock moved closer to its 200-day moving average of $11.15.
STERIS (STE) hit a new 52-week high today, reaching $33.97 to top the previous high of $32.83.
AVEO Pharmaceuticals (AVEO) hit a new 52-week low today, hitting $8.62 to fall below the previous low of $9.26.