Healthcare Stocks Rising Today; Unilife Tumbles Over 14%, Touches Below $3 After Harsh Forbes Assessment

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Healthcare stocks are higher with the NYSE Healthcare Sector Index rising 0.8% and shares of healthcare companies in the S&P 500 are ahead 1.2% as a group.

In company news, Unilife ( UNIS ) is taking a beating today, with shares falling over 14% and touching below $3 apiece following a negative report in Forbes magazine calling the drug-maker a "parable of broken promises."

The article, "How is a $329 million syringe company still unprofitable after 11 years," appears in Forbes' Sept. 23 issue and brands the firm as being a "triumph of story over substance."

In other sector news,

(+) SRDX, (+1.5%) Cuts seven employees, or about 6% of its current workforce as part of company-wide realignment. Drug-eluding technology firm expects to take a one-time, pre-tax charge of $0.02 per share against it Q4 earnings.

(-) VVUS, (-7.1%) JMP Securities drops stock to Market Perform from Outperform, citing possible problems stemming from Anthony Zook stepping down as CEO of the drug-maker just weeks after being hired due to health problems.

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