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Valeant Pharmaceuticals International Inc (VRX): Today's Featured Health Care Loser

Valeant Pharmaceuticals International (VRX) pushed the Health Care sector lower today making it today's featured Health Care loser. The sector as a whole closed the day up 0.9%. By the end of trading, Valeant Pharmaceuticals International fell 42 cents (-0.9%) to $45.99 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 4.3 million shares of Valeant Pharmaceuticals International exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.7 million shares. The stock ranged in price between $43.91-$46.75 after having opened the day at $46.61 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $46.41. Other company's within the Health Care sector that declined today were: Prima Biomed Ltd. ADR (PBMD), down 12.7%, Biodel (BIOD), down 11.3%, AspenBio Pharma (APPY), down 9.6%, and Ventrus Biosciences (VTUS), down 8.7%.

Valeant Pharmaceuticals International, Inc., a specialty pharmaceutical company, develops, manufactures, and markets pharmaceutical products in the areas of neurology, dermatology, and branded generics. Valeant Pharmaceuticals International has a market cap of $14.84 billion and is part of the drugs industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 105.5, below the average drugs industry P/E ratio of 112.8 and above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 1.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 15 analysts that rate Valeant Pharmaceuticals International a buy, one analyst rates it a sell, and two rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Valeant Pharmaceuticals International as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, good cash flow from operations and expanding profit margins. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself, unimpressive growth in net income and generally poor debt management.

On the positive front, Reliv' International (RELV), up 28.6%, Theragenics Corporation (TGX), up 18.2%, Apricus Biosciences (APRI), up 15.7%, and Oculus Innovative (OCLS), up 13.8%, were all gainers within the health care sector with Medtronic (MDT) being today's featured health care sector winner.

For investors not wanting singular stock exposure, ETFs may be of interest. Investors who are bullish on the health care sector could consider Health Care Select Sector SPDR (XLV) while those bearish on the health care sector could consider ProShares Ultra Short Health Care (RXD).

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