Vertex Pharmaceuticals (VRTX): Today's Featured Health Care Loser

The health care sector closed the day up 2%. China Biologic Products Inc ( CBPO), Senesco Technologies Inc ( SNT), Pharmasset Inc ( VRUS), and Bionovo Inc ( BNVI) were all decliners today within the health care sector with Vertex Pharmaceuticals ( VRTX) being today's featured health care loser. Vertex Pharmaceuticals fell 72 cents (-1.7%) to $43 on light volume. Throughout the day, 716,903 shares of Vertex Pharmaceuticals exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.7 million shares.

Vertex Pharmaceuticals Incorporated engages in the discovery, development, and commercialization of small molecule drugs for the treatment of serious diseases worldwide. Vertex Pharmaceuticals has a market cap of $8.4 billion and is part of the drugs industry. Shares are up 14.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday.

TheStreet Ratings rates Vertex as a sell. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its disappointing return on equity, weak operating cash flow and generally weak debt management.

On the positive front, Spherix Inc ( SPEX), Spherix Inc ( SPEXD), Horizon Pharma Inc ( HZNP), and Electromed Inc ( ELMD) were all gainers within the health care sector with Johnson & Johnson ( JNJ) 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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