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) pushed the Health Care sector higher today making it today's featured health care winner. The sector as a whole closed the day down 0.2%. By the end of trading, Hologic rose $0.78 (3.5%) to $22.95 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 8,086,051 shares of Hologic exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3,450,800 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $22.18-$23.04 after having opened the day at $22.27 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $22.17. Other companies within the Health Care sector that increased today were:

IntelliPharmaCeutics International



), up 56.0%,




), up 36.0%,

Biocryst Pharmaceuticals



), up 21.5% and

Bacterin International Holdings



), up 16.9%.

Hologic, Inc. develops, manufactures, and supplies diagnostics, medical imaging systems, and surgical products for women. Hologic has a market cap of $5.8 billion and is part of the health services industry. Shares are up 8.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 12 analysts that rate Hologic a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 4 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Hologic as a


. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, expanding profit margins and increase in stock price during the past year. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including disappointing return on equity, weak operating cash flow and deteriorating net income.

On the negative front,

Mast Therapeutics



), down 33.4%,

Ampio Pharmaceuticals



), down 13.5%,

Aoxing Pharmaceutical Company



), down 12.0% and

Hansen Medical



), down 10.6% , were all laggards within the health care sector with

Biogen Idec



) being today's health care sector laggard.

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Health Care Select Sector SPDR



) while those bearish on the health care sector could consider

ProShares Ultra Short Health Care




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