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Valeant Pharmaceuticals International



) pushed the Health Care sector higher today making it today's featured health care winner. The sector as a whole closed the day up 0.4%. By the end of trading, Valeant Pharmaceuticals International rose 80 cents (1.4%) to $56.19 on average volume. Throughout the day, 1.3 million shares of Valeant Pharmaceuticals International exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.4 million shares. The stock ranged in a price between $55.35-$56.22 after having opened the day at $55.47 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $55.39. Other companies within the Health Care sector that increased today were:




), up 24.5%,

AcelRx Pharmaceuticals



), up 19.8%,




), up 19.1%, and

Galectin Therapeutics



), up 18.3%.

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Valeant Pharmaceuticals International, Inc., a specialty pharmaceutical company, develops, manufactures, and markets pharmaceutical products in the areas of neurology, dermatology, and branded generics. Valeant Pharmaceuticals International has a market cap of $16.77 billion and is part of the drugs industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 687.8, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 17.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 11 analysts that rate Valeant Pharmaceuticals International a buy, one analyst rates it a sell, and three rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Valeant Pharmaceuticals International as a


. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, expanding profit margins and solid stock price performance. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including deteriorating net income, generally higher debt management risk and disappointing return on equity.

On the negative front,

Palatin Technologies



), down 13.2%,

Oxygen Biotherapeutics



), down 11.1%,

IntelliPharmaCeutics International



), down 8.3%, and

Alexza Pharmaceuticals



), down 8.3%, were all laggards within the health care sector with




) being today's health care sector laggard.

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