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3 Health Care Stocks Pushing The Sector Higher

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All three major indices traded up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 67 points (0.4%) at 16,903 as of Friday, June 6, 2014, 3:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 2,246 issues advancing vs. 764 declining with 128 unchanged.

The Health Care sector as a whole closed the day up 1.3% versus the S&P 500, which was up 0.3%. Top gainers within the Health Care sector included Merus Labs International ( MSLI), up 6.8%, Aoxing Pharmaceutical ( AXN), up 15.1%, VirtualScopics ( VSCP), up 2.6%, Bio-Rad Laboratories ( BIO.B), up 3.5% and XTL Biopharmaceuticals ( XTLB), up 12.1%.

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

VirtualScopics ( VSCP) is one of the companies that pushed the Health Care sector higher today. VirtualScopics was up $0.11 (2.6%) to $4.26 on light volume. Throughout the day, 480 shares of VirtualScopics exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4,400 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $4.26-$4.26 after having opened the day at $4.26 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $4.15.

VirtualScopics, Inc. provides imaging solutions for the pharmaceutical, biotechnology, and medical device industries. VirtualScopics has a market cap of $12.4 million and is part of the drugs industry. Shares are up 19.6% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there is 1 analyst who rates VirtualScopics a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

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TheStreet Ratings rates VirtualScopics as a sell. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its poor profit margins and generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself.

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on VSCP go as follows:

  • The gross profit margin for VIRTUALSCOPICS INC is currently lower than what is desirable, coming in at 32.24%. Regardless of VSCP's low profit margin, it has managed to increase from the same period last year. Despite the mixed results of the gross profit margin, VSCP's net profit margin of -27.44% significantly underperformed when compared to the industry average.
  • VSCP's stock share price has done very poorly compared to where it was a year ago: Despite any rallies, the net result is that it is down by 32.21%, which is also worse that the performance of the S&P 500 Index. Investors have so far failed to pay much attention to the earnings improvements the company has managed to achieve over the last 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.
  • Current return on equity exceeded its ROE from the same quarter one year prior. This is a clear sign of strength within the company. Compared to other companies in the Life Sciences Tools & Services industry and the overall market, VIRTUALSCOPICS INC's return on equity significantly trails that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
  • VSCP, with its decline in revenue, underperformed when compared the industry average of 19.2%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly dropped by 7.1%. The declining revenue has not hurt the company's bottom line, with increasing earnings per share.
  • The net income growth from the same quarter one year ago has exceeded that of the S&P 500, but is less than that of the Life Sciences Tools & Services industry average. The net income increased by 42.0% when compared to the same quarter one year prior, rising from -$1.11 million to -$0.65 million.

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

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