The best medical supplies stocks depend on your portfolio and investment goals — while volatility can be ideal for day traders, long-term investors will want to look to stocks with steadier gains over time.
8 medical supplies stocks to watch
We round up a selection of stocks in or related to the health industry, weighting the list more heavily towards popular mid- and large-cap US stocks.
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Take a deeper dive into medical supplies stocks
If you're interested in investing in the health industry, take a closer look at what companies in this industry do and how the stocks have historically performed. Keep in mind that positive past performance doesn't guarantee that a stock will continue to rise in the future.
1. Cooper Companies (COO)
The Cooper Companies, Inc. , together with its subsidiaries, develops, manufactures, and markets contact lens wearers. The company operates in two segments, CooperVision and CooperSurgical.
Cooper Companies stock opened the day at $341.19 after a previous close of $344.52. The latest price was $344.51 (25-minute delay). Cooper Companies is listed on the NYSE, has a trailing 12-month revenue of around USD3.4 billion and employs 14,000 staff.
Baxter International Inc. , through its subsidiaries, develops and provides a portfolio of healthcare products worldwide. The company offers peritoneal dialysis and hemodialysis, and additional dialysis therapies and services; intravenous therapies, infusion pumps, administration sets, and drug reconstitution devices; premixed and oncology drug platforms, inhaled anesthesia and critical care products and pharmacy compounding services; parenteral nutrition therapies and related products; biological products and medical devices used in surgical procedures for hemostasis, tissue sealing and adhesion prevention; and continuous renal replacement therapies and other organ support therapies focused in the intensive care unit.
Baxter International stock opened the day at $37.59 after a previous close of $37.58. The latest price was $38.21 (25-minute delay). Baxter International is listed on the NYSE, has a trailing 12-month revenue of around USD$15.1 billion and employs 60,000 staff.
Hologic, Inc. develops, manufactures, and supplies diagnostics products, medical imaging systems, and surgical products for women's health through early detection and treatment in the United States, Europe, the Asia-Pacific, and internationally. It operates through four segments: Diagnostics, Breast Health, GYN Surgical, and Skeletal Health.
Hologic stock opened the day at $77.27 after a previous close of $77.07. The latest price was $78.31 (25-minute delay). Hologic is listed on the NASDAQ, has a trailing 12-month revenue of around USD$4.5 billion and employs 6,944 staff.
DENTSPLY SIRONA Inc. manufactures and sells various dental products and technologies for professional dental market worldwide. The company operates through two segments, Technologies & Equipment, and Consumables.
Dentsply Sirona stock opened the day at $36.89 after a previous close of $36.88. The latest price was $36.99 (25-minute delay). Dentsply Sirona is listed on the NASDAQ, has a trailing 12-month revenue of around USD$3.9 billion and employs 15,000 staff.
Teleflex Incorporated designs, develops, manufactures, and supplies single-use medical devices for common diagnostic and therapeutic procedures in critical care and surgical applications worldwide. It provides vascular access products that comprise Arrow branded catheters, catheter navigation and tip positioning systems, and intraosseous access systems for the administration of intravenous therapies, the measurement of blood pressure, and the withdrawal of blood samples through a single puncture site. The company also offers interventional products, which consists of various coronary catheters, structural heart therapies, and peripheral intervention and cardiac assist products that are used by interventional cardiologists and radiologists, and vascular surgeons; and Arrow branded catheters, Guideline, Turnpike, and Trapliner catheters, the Manta Vascular Closure, and Arrow Oncontrol devices.
Teleflex Incorporated stock opened the day at $234.86 after a previous close of $237.15. The latest price was $237.32 (25-minute delay). Teleflex Incorporated is listed on the NYSE, has a trailing 12-month revenue of around USD$2.8 billion and employs 15,500 staff.
ResMed Inc. develops, manufactures, distributes, and markets medical devices and cloud-based software applications for the healthcare markets. The company operates in two segments, Sleep and Respiratory Care, and Software as a Service.
ResMed stock opened the day at $249.93 after a previous close of $250.73. The latest price was $247.68 (25-minute delay). ResMed is listed on the NYSE, has a trailing 12-month revenue of around USD$3.8 billion and employs 8,160 staff.
Intuitive Surgical, Inc. develops, manufactures, and markets products that enable physicians and healthcare providers to enhance the quality of and access to minimally invasive care in the United States and internationally. The company offers the da Vinci Surgical System to enable complex surgery using a minimally invasive approach; and Ion endoluminal system, which extends its commercial offerings beyond surgery into diagnostic procedures enabling minimally invasive biopsies in the lung.
Intuitive Surgical stock opened the day at $238.12 after a previous close of $237.80. The latest price was $240.50 (25-minute delay). Intuitive Surgical is listed on the NASDAQ, has a trailing 12-month revenue of around USD$6.2 billion and employs 12,120 staff.
Alcon Inc. researches, develops, manufactures, distributes, and sells eye care products for eye care professionals and their patients worldwide. The company's Surgical segment offers equipment, instrumentation and diagnostics, intraocular lenses (IOLs), and other implantables; and consumables, including viscoelastics, surgical solutions, incisional instruments, surgical custom packs, and other products for use in surgical procedures.
Alcon stock opened the day at $70.31 after a previous close of $69.97. The latest price was $70.39 (25-minute delay). Alcon is listed on the NYSE, has a trailing 12-month revenue of around USD$8.7 billion and employs 25,178 staff.
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