Today's Top Performers In Health Care

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All three major indices are trading down today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 89 points (-0.5%) at 16,857 as of Wednesday, June 11, 2014, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,007 issues advancing vs. 1,935 declining with 173 unchanged.

The Health Care sector currently sits up 0.4% versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.3%. Top gainers within the sector include Alnylam Pharmaceuticals ( ALNY), up 4.7%, Gilead ( GILD), up 2.2%, Cigna ( CI), up 1.7%, WellPoint ( WLP), up 1.4% and AbbVie ( ABBV), up 1.2%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include Grifols ( GRFS), down 1.6%, Medtronic ( MDT), down 1.1%, Valeant Pharmaceuticals International ( VRX), down 1.1%, Biogen Idec ( BIIB), down 1.0% and Novartis ( NVS), down 0.9%.

TheStreet would like to highlight 3 stocks pushing the sector higher today:

3. AstraZeneca ( AZN) is one of the companies pushing the Health Care sector higher today. As of noon trading, AstraZeneca is up $1.22 (1.7%) to $74.02 on average volume. Thus far, 3.9 million shares of AstraZeneca exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 5.4 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $73.09-$74.69 after having opened the day at $73.09 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $72.80.

AstraZeneca PLC is engaged in the discovery, development, and commercialization of medicines for cardiovascular and metabolic disease; oncology; respiratory, inflammation, and autoimmunity; and infection, neuroscience, and gastrointestinal disease areas worldwide. AstraZeneca has a market cap of $92.2 billion and is part of the drugs industry. Shares are up 22.6% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there is 1 analyst who rates AstraZeneca a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 5 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates AstraZeneca as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, expanding profit margins and solid stock price performance. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income. Get the full AstraZeneca Ratings Report now.

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