Herbalife

(

HLF

) pushed the Health Care sector lower today making it today's featured Health Care laggard. The sector as a whole closed the day down 0.9%. By the end of trading, Herbalife fell $2.11 (-3.9%) to $51.69 on light volume. Throughout the day, three million shares of Herbalife exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4.2 million shares. The stock ranged in price between $51.13-$54.43 after having opened the day at $54 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $53.80. Other company's within the Health Care sector that declined today were:

Progenics Pharmaceuticals

(

PGNX

), down 50.1%,

Acura Pharmaceuticals

(

ACUR

), down 36.4%,

Prima Biomed Ltd. ADR

(

PBMD

), down 14.8%, and

MEI Pharma

(

MEIP

), down 14.4%.

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Herbalife Ltd., a network marketing company, sells weight management, nutritional supplement, energy, sports and fitness, and personal care products worldwide. Herbalife has a market cap of $5.98 billion and is part of the

drugs

industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 14.7, equal to the average drugs industry P/E ratio and below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 4.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 11 analysts that rate Herbalife a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Herbalife as a

buy

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income, notable return on equity and expanding profit margins. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had lackluster performance in the stock itself.

On the positive front,

CombiMatrix Corporation

(

CBMX

), up 17.4%,

Kips Bay Medical

(

KIPS

), up 16.5%,

Aoxing Pharmaceutical Company

(

AXN

), up 13.4%, and

American Caresource Holdings

(

ANCI

), up 12.8%, were all gainers within the health care sector with

Vertex Pharmaceuticals

(

VRTX

) being today's featured health care sector leader.

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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