Questcor Pharmaceuticals Inc. (QCOR): Today's Featured Drugs Laggard - TheStreet

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Questcor Pharmaceuticals

(

QCOR

) pushed the Drugs industry lower today making it today's featured Drugs laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.8%. By the end of trading, Questcor Pharmaceuticals fell $24.17 (-47.8%) to $26.35 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 63.3 million shares of Questcor Pharmaceuticals exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.6 million shares. The stock ranged in price between $22.26-$50.90 after having opened the day at $50.48 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $50.52. Other companies within the Drugs industry that declined today were:

Somaxon Pharmaceuticals

(

SOMX

), down 11.2%,

Idenix Pharmaceuticals

(

IDIX

), down 9.4%,

Biosante Pharmaceuticals

(

BPAX

), down 8.4%, and

OxiGene

(

OXGN

), down 7.7%.

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Questcor Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a biopharmaceutical company, provides prescription drugs for the treatment of multiple sclerosis, nephrotic syndrome, and infantile spasms indications. It primarily offers H.P. Questcor Pharmaceuticals has a market cap of $2.99 billion and is part of the

health care

sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 24.3, equal to the average drugs industry P/E ratio and above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 21.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 11 analysts that rate Questcor Pharmaceuticals a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Questcor Pharmaceuticals as a

buy

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, notable return on equity, expanding profit margins and good cash flow from operations. 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 positive front,

Cyclacel Pharmaceuticals

(

CYCC

), up 27.2%,

MEI Pharma

(

MEIP

), up 23.7%,

Galectin Therapeutics

(

GALT

), up 18.5%, and

Prana Biotechnology

(

PRAN

), up 18.1%, were all gainers within the drugs industry with

Sanofi

(

SNY

) being today's featured drugs industry leader.

For investors not wanting singular stock exposure, ETFs may be of interest. Investors who are bullish on the drugs industry could consider

SPDR S&P Pharmaceuticals ETF

(

XPH

) while those bearish on the drugs industry could consider

ProShares UltraShort Nasdaq Biotech

(

BIS

).

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