5 Stocks Pushing The Health Care Sector Higher

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All three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 22 points (0.2%) at 12,810 as of Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2012, 11:49 AM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,635 issues advancing vs. 1,204 declining with 167 unchanged.

The Health Care sector currently sits up 0.2% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.0%. Top gainers within the sector include Thoratec Corporation ( THOR), up 4.9%, Boston Scientific ( BSX), up 3.2%, Shire ( SHPG), up 1.5% and Becton Dickinson ( BDX), up 0.8%. On the negative front, top decliners within the sector include DaVita HealthCare Partners ( DVA), down 1.8%, Edwards Life ( EW), down 1.3%, Humana ( HUM), down 1.0%, Sanofi ( SNY), down 0.6% and Express Scripts ( ESRX), down 0.7%.

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

5. Vivus ( VVUS) is one of the companies pushing the Health Care sector higher today. As of noon trading, Vivus is up $1.26 (12.2%) to $11.61 on heavy volume Thus far, 11.6 million shares of Vivus exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.8 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $10.34-$12.59 after having opened the day at $10.34 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $10.35.

VIVUS, Inc., a biopharmaceutical company, is developing therapies to address obesity, sleep apnea, diabetes, and male sexual health. Its lead investigational product, Qnexa, has completed Phase 3 clinical trials for the treatment of obesity. Vivus has a market cap of $1.0 billion and is part of the drugs industry. The company has a P/E ratio of -10.4, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 6.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 6 analysts that rate Vivus a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 4 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Vivus as a sell. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its deteriorating net income and feeble growth in its earnings per share. Get the full Vivus Ratings Report now.

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