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Vertex Pharmaceuticals



) pushed the Health Care sector higher today making it today's featured health care winner. The sector as a whole closed the day up 1.1%. By the end of trading, Vertex Pharmaceuticals rose $4.75 (6.1%) to $83.14 on average volume. Throughout the day, 2,401,246 shares of Vertex Pharmaceuticals exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2,544,600 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $78.26-$83.94 after having opened the day at $78.43 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $78.39. Other companies within the Health Care sector that increased today were:




), up 30.8%,

Lakeland Industries



), up 16.4%,




), up 15.0% and




), up 14.6%.

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Vertex Pharmaceuticals Incorporated engages in discovering, developing, manufacturing, and commercializing small molecule drugs for patients with serious diseases. Vertex Pharmaceuticals has a market cap of $17.3 billion and is part of the drugs industry. Shares are up 86.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 14 analysts that rate Vertex Pharmaceuticals a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 5 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Vertex Pharmaceuticals as a


. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its feeble growth in its earnings per share, deteriorating net income, disappointing return on equity and weak operating cash flow.

On the negative front,

ARCA biopharma



), down 30.9%,

Kips Bay Medical



), down 14.0%,




), down 12.1% and

TG Therapeutics



), down 11.3%.

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) while those bearish on the health care sector could consider

ProShares Ultra Short Health Care




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