During trading today, the Health Care sector (XLV) showed little change while the S&P 500 fell 0.3%.
As a proxy for the sector, the ETF tracked closer to the overall market today than over the past month. As trading began today, XLV was up 1.7% over the last thirty trading days, and the S&P 500 climbed 4.9%.
Invacare Corporation (IVC) was a major gainer in the sector, rising 6.5% (+88 cents) to close at $14.44 with 448,702 shares moving. The stock traded in a range of $13.69 to $14.73. The share price has dropped $1.48 (-9.3%) from $15.92 on July 23, 2012.
Auxilium Pharmaceuticals (AUXL) was a major loser in the sector, falling 4.8% (-$1.16) to close at $22.86 with 1.1 million shares moving. The stock traded between $22.72 and $23.59. The stock has risen $3.76 (19.7%) over the last three months from a price of $19.10 on May 24, 2012.
Onyx Pharmaceuticals (ONXX) rose 5.7% to close at $71.68, cross its 50-day moving average of $70.19 and 200-day moving average of $52.62. Centene (CNC) declined 2.6% to close at $38.87, moving below its 50-day moving average of $36.98 and 200-day moving average of $38.88.
Questcor Pharmaceuticals (QCOR) rose 5.8% to close at $40.87, approaching its 50-day moving average of $41.81. It has also moved closer to its 200-day moving average of $41.74.
Repros Therapeutics (RPRX) hit a new 52-week high today, reaching $11.54 to top the previous high of $11.40.