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Questcor Pharmaceuticals Inc. (QCOR): Today's Featured Health Care Winner

Editor's Note: Any reference to TheStreet Ratings and its underlying recommendation does not reflect the opinion of TheStreet, Inc. or any of its contributors including Jim Cramer or Stephanie Link.

Questcor Pharmaceuticals ( QCOR) pushed the Health Care sector higher today making it today's featured health care winner. The sector as a whole closed the day up 0.1%. By the end of trading, Questcor Pharmaceuticals rose $0.75 (1.2%) to $64.14 on light volume. Throughout the day, 1,312,679 shares of Questcor Pharmaceuticals exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2,358,600 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $62.62-$64.84 after having opened the day at $63.01 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $63.39. Other companies within the Health Care sector that increased today were: IsoRay ( ISR), up 29.4%, Aastrom Biosciences ( ASTM), up 25.2%, Sinovac Biotech ( SVA), up 17.1% and Bacterin International Holdings ( BONE), up 14.3%.

Questcor Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a biopharmaceutical company, provides drugs for the treatment of autoimmune and inflammatory disorders. The company primarily offers H.P. Questcor Pharmaceuticals has a market cap of $3.9 billion and is part of the drugs industry. Shares are up 16.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 6 analysts that rate Questcor Pharmaceuticals a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Questcor Pharmaceuticals as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, solid stock price performance, impressive record of earnings per share growth and compelling growth in net income. Although the company may harbor some minor weaknesses, we feel they are unlikely to have a significant impact on results.

On the negative front, Agenus ( AGEN), down 11.6%, Response Genetics ( RGDX), down 9.5%, Galmed Pharmaceuticals ( GLMD), down 8.7% and Dipexium Pharmaceuticals ( DPRX), down 8.3% , were all laggards within the health care sector with Intercept Pharmaceuticals ( ICPT) 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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