Hottest Healthcare Stocks Now – NKTR VRX ARIA PBH

PCRX leads healthcare stocks lower on Friday

Healthcare stocks finished down 0.2% on Wall Street today.

More broadly, the Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 0.6%, the Nasdaq declined 0.4% and the S&P 500 was down 0.6%.

Some of the biggest gainers among healthcare stocks include:

  • Nektar Therapeutics (NKTR): NKTR stock is up 3.0% today.
  • Valeant Pharmaceuticals International (VRX): VRX stock is up 2.5% today.
  • Ariad Pharmaceuticals (ARIA): ARIA stock is up 2.4%, marking the fourth consecutive day the stock has increased.
  • Prestige Brand Holdings (PBH): PBH stock is up 1.6% today.
  • The Medicines Company (MDCO): MDCO stock is up 1.5% today.
  • Steris Corp (STE): STE stock is up 1.1% today.
  • Luxottica Group S.P.A. (LUX): LUX stock is up 1.0% today.
  • Acadia Healthcare Company Inc (ACHC): ACHC stock is up 1.0%, marking the third consecutive day the stock has increased.
  • Regeneron Pharmaceuticals (REGN): REGN stock is up 1.0% today.

Some of the biggest losers among healthcare stocks include:

  • Pacira Pharmaceuticals (PCRX): PCRX stock is down 2.6% today.
  • Ptc Therapeutics Inc (PTCT): PTCT stock is down 2.4% today.
  • Lifepoint Hospitals (LPNT): LPNT stock is down 1.9% today.
  • Sirona Dental Systems (SIRO): SIRO stock is down 1.7% today.
  • Clovis Oncology Inc (CLVS): CLVS stock is down 1.6% today.
  • Keryx Biopharmaceuticals (KERX): KERX stock is down 1.5% today.
  • Parexel International Corp (PRXL): PRXL stock is down 1.4% today.
  • Henry Schein (HSIC): HSIC stock is down 1.4% today.
  • Icon Plc (ICLR): ICLR stock is down 1.4% today.
  • Patterson Companies Inc (PDCO): PDCO stock is down 1.3% 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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