5 Stocks Pushing The Health Care Sector Higher

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All three major indices are trading down today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 20 points (-0.2%) at 12,795 as of Monday, Nov. 12, 2012, 11:49 AM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,283 issues advancing vs. 1,555 declining with 129 unchanged.

The Health Care sector currently is unchanged today versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.1%. A company within the sector that increased today was Baxter International ( BAX), up 1.0%. A company within the sector that fell today was Express Scripts ( ESRX), up 0.8%.

TheStreet Ratings group would like to highlight 5 stocks pushing the sector higher today:

5. Regeneron Pharmaceuticals ( REGN) is one of the companies pushing the Health Care sector higher today. As of noon trading, Regeneron Pharmaceuticals is up $3.22 (2.3%) to $143.96 on light volume Thus far, 180,127 shares of Regeneron Pharmaceuticals exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 712,100 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $142.24-$144.89 after having opened the day at $142.63 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $140.74.

Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a biopharmaceutical company, discovers, develops, and commercializes medicines for the treatment of serious medical conditions in the United States. Regeneron Pharmaceuticals has a market cap of $13.0 billion and is part of the drugs industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 69.9, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 148.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 9 analysts that rate Regeneron Pharmaceuticals a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 4 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Regeneron Pharmaceuticals as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, notable return on equity, expanding profit margins and good cash flow from operations. Although the company may harbor some minor weaknesses, we feel they are unlikely to have a significant impact on results. Get the full Regeneron Pharmaceuticals Ratings Report now.

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