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Hottest Healthcare Stocks Now – NKTR ALXN PCRX AMGN

Healthcare stocks finished up 1.9% on Wall Street on Friday.

More broadly, the Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 1.3%, the Nasdaq increased 1.2% and the S&P 500 was up 1.3%.

Some of the biggest gainers among healthcare stocks include:

  • Nektar Therapeutics (NKTR): NKTR stock is up 4.5% today.
  • Alexion Pharmaceuticals (ALXN): ALXN stock is up 4.4% today.
  • Pacira Pharmaceuticals (PCRX): PCRX stock is up 4.3% today.
  • Amgen Inc (AMGN): AMGN stock is up 4.3% today.
  • Vertex Pharmaceuticals Inc (VRTX): VRTX stock is up 4.3% today.
  • Arena Pharmaceuticals (ARNA): ARNA stock is up 4.0% today and up 55.9% in the last month.
  • Thoratec Corp (THOR): THOR stock is up 3.9% today.
  • Biogen Idec Inc (BIIB): BIIB stock is up 3.8% today.
  • Gilead Sciences (GILD): GILD stock is up 3.4% today.
  • Quest Diagnostics Inc (DGX): DGX stock is up 3.2% today.

Some of the biggest losers among healthcare stocks include:

  • Msa Safety Inc. (MSA): MSA stock is down 0.6% today.
  • NPS Pharmaceuticals (NPSP): NPSP stock is down 0.3% today on 4 times normal volume.
  • Teleflex Inc (TFX): TFX stock is down 0.2% today.

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Editor’s Note: Returns for the fastest-moving stocks listed here are based on share prices 20 minutes prior to publication of this story.

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