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3 Stocks Driving The Health Care Sector Higher

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All three major indices are trading down today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 100.89 points (-0.6%) at 16,615 as of Wednesday, May 14, 2014, 3:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,325 issues advancing vs. 1,626 declining with 178 unchanged.

The Health Care sector as a whole closed the day down 0.4% versus the S&P 500, which was down 0.6%. Top gainers within the Health Care sector included American Caresource Holdings ( ANCI), up 13.0%, Dynatronics ( DYNT), up 2.4%, Natural Alternatives International ( NAII), up 7.8%, Reliv' International ( RELV), up 3.9% and XTL Biopharmaceuticals ( XTLB), up 1.6%.

TheStreet Ratings Group would like to highlight 3 stocks pushing the sector higher today:

XTL Biopharmaceuticals ( XTLB) is one of the companies that pushed the Health Care sector higher today. XTL Biopharmaceuticals was up $0.05 (1.6%) to $3.25 on average volume. Throughout the day, 8,000 shares of XTL Biopharmaceuticals exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 10,300 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $3.24-$3.47 after having opened the day at $3.40 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $3.20.

XTL Biopharmaceuticals Ltd., a biopharmaceutical company, is engaged in the acquisition and development of pharmaceutical products for the treatment of unmet medical needs. XTL Biopharmaceuticals has a market cap of $35.5 million and is part of the drugs industry. Shares are up 10.3% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are no analysts who rate XTL Biopharmaceuticals a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

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TheStreet Ratings rates XTL Biopharmaceuticals as a sell. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its feeble growth in its earnings per share, deteriorating net income, disappointing return on equity, weak operating cash flow and generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself.

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on XTLB go as follows:

  • XTL BIOPHARMACEUTICALS has experienced a steep decline in earnings per share in the most recent quarter in comparison to its performance from the same quarter a year ago. The company has reported a trend of declining earnings per share over the past two years. During the past fiscal year, XTL BIOPHARMACEUTICALS reported poor results of -$0.22 versus -$0.13 in the prior year.
  • The company, on the basis of change in net income from the same quarter one year ago, has significantly underperformed when compared to that of the S&P 500 and the Biotechnology industry. The net income has significantly decreased by 288.5% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, falling from -$0.30 million to -$1.15 million.
  • Return on equity has greatly decreased when compared to its ROE from the same quarter one year prior. This is a signal of major weakness within the corporation. Compared to other companies in the Biotechnology industry and the overall market, XTL BIOPHARMACEUTICALS's return on equity significantly trails that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
  • Despite any intermediate fluctuations, we have only bad news to report on this stock's performance over the last year: it has tumbled by 44.53%, worse than the S&P 500's performance. Consistent with the plunge in the stock price, the company's earnings per share are down 233.33% compared to the year-earlier quarter. Naturally, the overall market trend is bound to be a significant factor. However, in one sense, the stock's sharp decline last year is a positive for future investors, making it cheaper (in proportion to its earnings over the past year) than most other stocks in its industry. But due to other concerns, we feel the stock is still not a good buy right now.
  • Net operating cash flow has decreased to -$0.52 million or 27.45% when compared to the same quarter last year. Despite a decrease in cash flow of 27.45%, XTL BIOPHARMACEUTICALS is in line with the industry average cash flow growth rate of -30.98%.

You can view the full analysis from the report here: XTL Biopharmaceuticals Ratings Report

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