Eli Lilly And Company (LLY): Today's Featured Health Care Laggard

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Eli Lilly and Company ( LLY) pushed the Health Care sector lower today making it today's featured Health Care laggard. The sector as a whole closed the day down 0.1%. By the end of trading, Eli Lilly and Company fell $1.04 (-1.9%) to $52.40 on average volume. Throughout the day, 10.1 million shares of Eli Lilly and Company exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 7.5 million shares. The stock ranged in price between $52.20-$52.96 after having opened the day at $52.75 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $53.44. Other companies within the Health Care sector that declined today were: Pacific Biosciences of California ( PACB), down 13.9%, Oxygen Biotherapeutics ( OXBT), down 13%, Star Scientific ( STSI), down 11.7%, and Ampio Pharmaceuticals ( AMPE), down 9.2%.
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Eli Lilly and Company discovers, develops, manufactures, and sells pharmaceutical products worldwide. Eli Lilly and Company has a market cap of $62.4 billion and is part of the drugs industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 14.5, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 9% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are five analysts that rate Eli Lilly and Company a buy, three analysts rate it a sell, and eight rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Eli Lilly and Company as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, increase in net income, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, attractive valuation levels and expanding profit margins. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow.

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