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Do you like to invest with a stock's momentum trends? We ran a screen with that idea in mind.

We screened the healthcare sector for stocks on winning streaks, measured by a persistence of days in which the stock outperformed the S&P 500 and little persistence of days in underperforming the index. We measured this by the ratio of the longest winning streak (in days) divided by the longest losing streak over the last month.

Many investors choose to avoid the healthcare sector because it can be significant volatility when the FDA approves medications, patents are up for grabs, and federal and state laws affect their consumer base. If a stocks is on a winning streak, however, it can signal that the investing community is optimistic about its role in the rapidly changing field.

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Do you think these companies will continue to show upward momentum? Use this list as a starting point for your own analysis.

1. Emeritus Corp. (NYSE:ESC): Operates senior living communities that provide assisted living, and Alzheimer's and dementia care services to senior citizens in the United States. Market cap at $924.63M, most recent closing price at $20.52. The stock's average daily alpha vs. the S&P500 index stands at 0.78% (measured close to close, over the last month). During this period, the longest winning streak lasted 8 days (i.e. the stock's daily returns outperformed the S&P 500 for 8 consecutive days). The longest losing streak lasted 3 days (i.e. a win streak / losing streak ratio of 2.67).

2. Gentiva Health Services Inc. (NASDAQ:GTIV): Provides home health services and hospice care in the United States. Market cap at $334.44M, most recent closing price at $10.94. The stock's average daily alpha vs. the S&P500 index stands at 2.45% (measured close to close, over the last month). During this period, the longest winning streak lasted 12 days (i.e. the stock's daily returns outperformed the S&P 500 for 12 consecutive days). The longest losing streak lasted 2 days (i.e. a win streak / losing streak ratio of 6.).

3. Kindred Healthcare Inc. (NYSE:KND): Operates as a healthcare services company in the United States. Market cap at $603.86M, most recent closing price at $11.40. The stock's average daily alpha vs. the S&P500 index stands at 1.09% (measured close to close, over the last month). During this period, the longest winning streak lasted 5 days (i.e. the stock's daily returns outperformed the S&P 500 for 5 consecutive days). The longest losing streak lasted 2 days (i.e. a win streak / losing streak ratio of 2.5).

4. Mindray Medical International Limited (NYSE:MR): Mindray Medical International Limited, through its subsidiary, Shenzhen Mindray Bio-Medical Electronics Co., Ltd., develops, manufactures, and markets medical devices worldwide. Market cap at $4.08B, most recent closing price at $34.60. The stock's average daily alpha vs. the S&P500 index stands at 0.75% (measured close to close, over the last month). During this period, the longest winning streak lasted 8 days (i.e. the stock's daily returns outperformed the S&P 500 for 8 consecutive days). The longest losing streak lasted 3 days (i.e. a win streak / losing streak ratio of 2.67).

5. Pharmacyclics Inc. (NASDAQ:PCYC): Operates as a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company focusing on developing and commercializing small-molecule drugs for the treatment of immune mediated disease and cancer. Market cap at $4.68B, most recent closing price at $67.79. The stock's average daily alpha vs. the S&P500 index stands at 0.94% (measured close to close, over the last month). During this period, the longest winning streak lasted 5 days (i.e. the stock's daily returns outperformed the S&P 500 for 5 consecutive days). The longest losing streak lasted 2 days (i.e. a win streak / losing streak ratio of 2.5).

6. Sirona Dental Systems Inc. (NASDAQ:SIRO): Develops, manufactures, and markets dental equipment for dentists worldwide. Market cap at $2.93B, most recent closing price at $53.17. The stock's average daily alpha vs. the S&P500 index stands at 0.93% (measured close to close, over the last month). During this period, the longest winning streak lasted 8 days (i.e. the stock's daily returns outperformed the S&P 500 for 8 consecutive days). The longest losing streak lasted 2 days (i.e. a win streak / losing streak ratio of 4.).

*Price data sourced from Yahoo! Finance, all other data sourced from Finviz.

Source: 6 Healthcare Stocks Showing Strong Momentum