Forest Laboratories Inc. (FRX): Today's Featured Health Care Loser

Forest Laboratories ( FRX) pushed the Health Care sector lower today making it today's featured Health Care loser. The sector as a whole closed the day up 1%. By the end of trading, Forest Laboratories fell 44 cents (-1.3%) to $34.45 on average volume. Throughout the day, 2.8 million shares of Forest Laboratories exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of two million shares. The stock ranged in price between $34.06-$35 after having opened the day at $34.96 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $34.89. Other company's within the Health Care sector that declined today were: Dynacq Healthcare ( DYII), down 21.2%, Cormedix ( CRMD), down 18.6%, Escalon Medical Corporation ( ESMC), down 14.2%, and Biodel ( BIOD), down 9.7%.

Forest Laboratories, Inc. develops, manufactures, and sells branded forms of ethical drug products primarily in the United States and Europe. Forest Laboratories has a market cap of $9.18 billion and is part of the drugs industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 9.7, equal to the average drugs industry P/E ratio and below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 14.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are seven analysts that rate Forest Laboratories a buy, three analysts rate it a sell, and 13 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Forest Laboratories as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, reasonable valuation levels, good cash flow from operations and expanding profit margins. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat weak growth in earnings per share.

On the positive front, CombiMatrix Corporation ( CBMX), up 26.5%, Anthera Pharmaceuticals ( ANTH), up 22.9%, Biosante Pharmaceuticals ( BPAX), up 15.9%, and Osiris Therapeutics ( OSIR), up 13.8%, were all gainers within the health care sector with Allergan ( AGN) 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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