The Health Care sector (XLV) showed little movement on a trading day that saw S&P 500 fall 0.1%.
The ETF, as a proxy for the sector, tracked closer to the overall market today than over the past month. Entering today's trading, XLV was up 0.2% over the last thirty trading days while the S&P 500 climbed 2%.
Alexza Pharmaceuticals (ALXA) was a major gainer in the sector, rising 11.8% (+49 cents) to close at $4.66 with 1.4 million shares moving. The stock traded in a range of $4.14 to $4.72.
Ampio Pharmaceuticals (AMPE) was a major loser in the sector. Its price dropped 9.6% (-31 cents) to close at $2.92, as 922,873 shares moved. The stock traded between $2.85 and $3.28.
MAKO Surgical (MAKO) rose 7.1% to close at $15.55, crossing its 50-day moving average of $15.29. Meanwhile, ShangPharma (SHP) dropped 4.3% to close at $7.53, moving below its 200-day moving average or $7.63.
National HealthCare Corporation (NHC) rose 5.5% to close at $44.08, approaching its 50-day moving average of $45.20. It has also moved closer to its 200-day moving average of $44.69. Questcor Pharmaceuticals (QCOR) fell 1.6% to close at $42.49, moving closer to its 50-day moving average of $41.45. Also, the stock moved closer to its 200-day moving average of $41.81.
Pacira Pharmaceuticals (PCRX) hit a new 52-week high today, reaching $18.62 to top the previous high of $18.08.