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Regeneron Pharmaceuticals Inc. (REGN): Today's Featured Health Care Winner

Editor's Note: TheStreet ratings do not represent the views of TheStreet's staff or its contributors. Ratings are established by computer based on metrics for performance (which includes growth, stock performance, efficiency and valuation) and risk (volatility and solvency). Companies with poor cash flow or high debt levels tend to earn lower ratings in our model.

Regeneron Pharmaceuticals (REGN) pushed the Health Care sector higher today making it today's featured health care winner. The sector as a whole closed the day up 0.4%. By the end of trading, Regeneron Pharmaceuticals rose $2.79 (1.9%) to $149.68 on average volume. Throughout the day, 569,703 shares of Regeneron Pharmaceuticals exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 718,700 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $147.72-$151.48 after having opened the day at $147.82 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $146.89. Other companies within the Health Care sector that increased today were: DARA Biosciences (DARA), up 25.3%, Graymark Healthcare (GRMH), up 21.3%, Savient Pharmaceuticals (SVNT), up 16.5%, and CEL-SCI Corporation (CVM), up 11.5%.

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Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a biopharmaceutical company, discovers, develops, and commercializes medicines for the treatment of serious medical conditions in the United States. Regeneron Pharmaceuticals has a market cap of $13.68 billion and is part of the drugs industry. Shares are up 165% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 10 analysts that rate Regeneron Pharmaceuticals a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and four rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Regeneron Pharmaceuticals as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, solid stock price performance, compelling growth in net income, impressive record of earnings per share growth and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow.

On the negative front, Escalon Medical Corporation (ESMC), down 25%, Neuralstem (CUR), down 19.6%, AEterna Zentaris (AEZS), down 8.6%, and ProPhase Labs (PRPH), down 7.8%, were all laggards within the health care sector with Amgen (AMGN) being today's health care sector laggard.

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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