Life Technologies Corp (LIFE): Today's Featured Health Care Loser

The health care sector closed the day down 1.9%. IVAX Diagnostics Inc ( IVD), Pressure BioSciences Inc ( PBIO), Providence Service Corporation ( PRSC), and Neoprobe Corporation ( NEOP) were all decliners today within the health care sector with Life Technologies ( LIFE) being today's featured health care loser. Life Technologies fell 78 cents (-2.1%) to $37.03 on light volume. Throughout the day, 1.9 million shares of Life Technologies exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of three million shares.

Life Technologies Corporation operates as a life sciences company with a focus on improving the human condition worldwide. Life Technologies has a market cap of $6.7 billion and is part of the health services industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 19.1, equal to the average health services industry P/E ratio and above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 31.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday.

TheStreet Ratings rates Life as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, reasonable valuation levels and expanding profit margins. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including unimpressive growth in net income, weak operating cash flow and a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself.

On the positive front, Anadys Pharmaceuticals Inc ( ANDS), Cardium Therapeutics Inc ( CXM), Kips Bay Medical Inc ( KIPS), and Marina Biotech Inc ( MRNA) were all gainers within the health care sector with Synergetics USA Inc ( SURG) being today's featured health care sector winner.

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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