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June 04, 2013 at 10:55 AM EDT
Pre-Market Analysis on VVUS, SNY, XRAY, and ACUR Provides Stock Research on VIVUS Inc., Sanofi, DENTSPLY Intl. Inc., and Acura Pharmaceuticals Inc.

New York City, New York -- (June 04, 2013)

The U.S. healthcare sector is undergoing a major transformation as the Affordable Care Act (ACA) goes into effect. The ACA, which was upheld by the Supreme Court last year, will go into full effect by 2014. The reform is expected to result in higher costs for the healthcare sector. However, it has generally been welcomed by healthcare companies as the increase in the number of insured individuals in the long-term will ultimately prove to be beneficial. On Monday, June 3, 2013, shares in healthcare companies ended mostly higher, tracking gains in the broader market. The major movers in the sector included VIVUS Inc. (NASDAQ: VVUS), Sanofi S.A. (ADR) (NYSE: SNY), DENTSPLY International Inc. (NASDAQ: XRAY), and Acura Pharmaceuticals Inc. (NASDAQ: ACUR).StockCall has posted free technicalresearch on VVUS, SNY, XRAY, and ACUR which can be downloaded upon sign up at

Shares in VIVUS Inc. moved higher on Monday, following the trend shown by the broader market. The stock hit an intraday high of $15.20, before finishing the day 2.72% higher at $15.10. So far this year, the share has gained more than 14%. The company’s stock currently trades above both their 20- and 50-day moving average price of $13.60 and $12.39 respectively. VIVUS saw turnover of 1.64 million shares during Monday’s session. Its beta of 1.22 implies high volatility. The stock traded in the range of $9.86 and $31.21 in the past 52 weeks. The company commands market capitalization of $1.52 billion. Sign up and read the complimentary report on VVUS at

Sanofi S.A.’s stock ended mildly higher yesterday, down 0.24% at $53.22. A total of 1.48 million shares were traded. With the wider market swaying sideways during the past five trading sessions, the company’s shares declined 2.99%. The stock has gained 14.01% so far this year. During Monday’s session, the stock traded between $52.51 and $53.45 while its 52 weeks trading range stands at $33.03 and $55.94. Sanofi commands market capitalization of $141.58 billion. Its stock is mildly volatile as implied by its beta of 0.91. SNY’s stock gained 59.15% in the past 52 weeks. It is currently trading above its short-term moving average price of $54.38. The free report on SNY can be downloaded by signing up now at

Dentsply International Inc.’s stock ended higher on Monday, finishing 1.13% higher at $42.23. A total of 874,611 shares were traded during the session. The stock’s usual trading volume stands at 862,801 million shares. In the past 52 weeks, the stock traded between $35.04 and $44.21. Dentsply commands market capitalization of $6.05 billion. Its stock is currently above its short-term and long-term moving average price of $42.16 and $42.11 respectively. The company’s stock trades at beta of 1.15, thus showing high volatility. The stock is up 16.46% in the past 52 weeks. Free report on XRAY can be accessed by registering at

Shares in Acura Pharmaceuticals Inc. showed losses on Monday, losing 1.33% to close at $2.23. A total of 462,791 shares were traded during the session, while its average daily trading volume stands at 592,117 million. The stock oscillated between $2.16 and $2.29 during the session. Over the past five trading days, the stock lost 5.91% while the markets wavered. So far this year, ACUR has lost 1.76%. Acura’s shares have low volatility with beta of 0.82. The company commands market capitalization of $103.43 million.Register withStockCall and download the research on ACUR for free at

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