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Healthcare stocks saw mixed results in 2011

By Paul Barr
Posted: January 2, 2012 - 12:01 am ET

Healthcare provider and supplier stocks produced mix results in 2011 at a time when the broader market produced a modest return of 5.53% as measured by the Dow Jones industrial average.

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The Dow Jones U.S. Health Care Providers Total Stock Market Index rose a strong 10.52% during the year, according to statistics provided by Dow Jones Indexes.

But medical equipment makers and medical supply chain companies were both down. The Dow Jones U.S. Medical Equipment Total Stock Market Index fell 1.17% in 2011 and the Dow Jones U.S. Medical Supplies Total Stock Market Index fell 3.95%.

Falling share prices earlier in the year had produced sharp decrease in the value of company shares held by some senior healthcare provider executives, as of late September.

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