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Illumina

(

ILMN

) pushed the Health Care sector higher today making it today's featured health care winner. The sector as a whole closed the day up 0.8%. By the end of trading, Illumina rose $1.08 (1.1%) to $99.37 on light volume. Throughout the day, 706,636 shares of Illumina exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1,097,600 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $97.61-$99.69 after having opened the day at $98.93 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $98.29. Other companies within the Health Care sector that increased today were:

Oxygen Biotherapeutics

(

OXBT

), up 20.6%,

BioScrip

(

BIOS

), up 17.3%,

Prosensa Holding N.V

(

RNA

), up 15.5% and

LipoScience

(

LPDX

), up 14.8%.

Illumina, Inc. develops, manufactures, and markets life science tools and integrated systems for the analysis of genetic variation and biological function in North America, Europe, Latin America, the Asia-Pacific, the Middle East, and South Africa. Illumina has a market cap of $12.4 billion and is part of the drugs industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 115.7, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 76.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 9 analysts that rate Illumina a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 9 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates

Illumina

as a

buy

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, good cash flow from operations, expanding profit margins, solid stock price performance and increase in net income. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company is trading at a premium valuation based on our review of its current price compared to such things as earnings and book value.

On the negative front,

Mast Therapeutics

(

MSTX

), down 39.4%,

Bio-Reference Labs

(

BRLI

), down 21.7%,

Echo Therapeutics

(

ECTE

), down 15.5% and

Heat Biologics

(

HTBX

), down 8.6% , were all laggards within the health care sector with

Incyte

(

INCY

) being today's health care sector laggard.

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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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