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3 Stocks Pushing The Health Care Sector Lower

Stock quotes in this article: DXR, VSCP, AXN

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The Health Care sector as a whole closed the day up 1.7% versus the S&P 500, which was unchanged. Laggards within the Health Care sector included Aoxing Pharmaceutical ( AXN), down 2.4%, VirtualScopics ( VSCP), down 3.1%, Neovasc ( NVCN), down 6.5%, Daxor ( DXR), down 2.3% and Semler Scientific ( SMLR), down 3.3%.

TheStreet Ratings Group would like to highlight 3 stocks that pushed the sector lower today:

Daxor ( DXR) is one of the companies that pushed the Health Care sector lower today. Daxor was down $0.17 (2.3%) to $7.33 on light volume. Throughout the day, 150 shares of Daxor exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4,500 shares. The stock ranged in price between $7.33-$7.33 after having opened the day at $7.33 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $7.50.

Daxor Corporation, a medical device manufacturing company, offers biotech services in the United States. The company develops and markets BVA-100 Blood Volume Analyzer, an instrument that measures human blood volume. Daxor has a market cap of $31.3 million and is part of the health services industry. Shares are up 12.6% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday.

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TheStreet Ratings rates Daxor 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 and disappointing return on equity.

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on DXR go as follows:

  • DAXOR CORP 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 suffered a declining pattern earnings per share over the past two years. During the past fiscal year, DAXOR CORP swung to a loss, reporting -$1.69 versus $1.17 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 Health Care Equipment & Supplies industry. The net income has significantly decreased by 165.8% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, falling from $2.27 million to -$1.49 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 Health Care Equipment & Supplies industry and the overall market, DAXOR CORP's return on equity significantly trails that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
  • Compared to where it was 12 months ago, the stock is up, but it has so far lagged the appreciation in the S&P 500. Turning our attention to the future direction of the stock, we do not believe this stock offers ample reward opportunity to compensate for the risks, despite the fact that it rose over the past year.
  • The gross profit margin for DAXOR CORP is currently very high, coming in at 71.27%. It has increased from the same quarter the previous year. Regardless of the strong results of the gross profit margin, the net profit margin of -404.33% is in-line with the industry average.

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

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