5 Stocks Moving The Health Care Sector Upward

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All three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 147 points (1.0%) at 15,587 as of Thursday, Feb. 6, 2014, 11:55 AM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 2,311 issues advancing vs. 626 declining with 152 unchanged.

The Health Care sector currently sits up 0.8% versus the S&P 500, which is up 1.0%. Top gainers within the sector include Smith & Nephew ( SNN), up 2.2%, Grifols ( GRFS), up 2.1%, Regeneron Pharmaceuticals ( REGN), up 2.0%, Biogen Idec ( BIIB), up 1.9% and Shire ( SHPG), up 1.8%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include Perrigo Company ( PRGO), down 3.5%, AstraZeneca ( AZN), down 2.1%, Sanofi ( SNY), down 1.8% and Teva Pharmaceutical Industries ( TEVA), down 1.6%.

TheStreet would like to highlight 5 stocks pushing the sector higher today:

5. Mettler-Toledo International ( MTD) is one of the companies pushing the Health Care sector higher today. As of noon trading, Mettler-Toledo International is up $14.09 (6.0%) to $249.96 on heavy volume. Thus far, 214,650 shares of Mettler-Toledo International exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 185,300 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $242.20-$254.96 after having opened the day at $242.20 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $235.87.

Mettler-Toledo International Inc. supplies precision instruments and services worldwide. The company operates in five segments: U.S. Operations, Swiss Operations, Western European Operations, Chinese Operations, and Other. Mettler-Toledo International has a market cap of $7.1 billion and is part of the health services industry. Shares are down 2.8% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 4 analysts who rate Mettler-Toledo International a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 6 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Mettler-Toledo International as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its increase in stock price during the past year, growth in earnings per share, revenue growth, notable return on equity and expanding profit margins. Although the company may harbor some minor weaknesses, we feel they are unlikely to have a significant impact on results. Get the full Mettler-Toledo International Ratings Report now.

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