Valeant Pharmaceuticals International Inc (VRX): Today's Featured Health Care Laggard

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Valeant Pharmaceuticals International ( VRX) pushed the Health Care sector lower today making it today's featured Health Care laggard. The sector as a whole closed the day up 0.5%. By the end of trading, Valeant Pharmaceuticals International fell $1.32 (-1.8%) to $74.20 on average volume. Throughout the day, 1,051,687 shares of Valeant Pharmaceuticals International exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1,331,000 shares. The stock ranged in price between $74.03-$75.33 after having opened the day at $75.22 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $75.52. Other companies within the Health Care sector that declined today were: Oxygen Biotherapeutics ( OXBT), down 8.4%, Biostar Pharmaceuticals ( BSPM), down 8.3%, SunLink Health Systems ( SSY), down 7.9% and Anacor Pharmaceuticals ( ANAC), down 7.9%.
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Valeant Pharmaceuticals International, Inc., a specialty pharmaceutical company, develops, manufactures, and markets pharmaceutical products and medical devices in the areas of neurology, dermatology, and branded generics. Valeant Pharmaceuticals International has a market cap of $22.1 billion and is part of the drugs industry. Shares are up 26.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday.

TheStreet Ratings rates Valeant Pharmaceuticals International as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, solid stock price performance and expanding profit margins. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including feeble growth in the company's earnings per share, deteriorating net income and disappointing return on equity.

On the positive front, ARCA biopharma ( ABIO), down 47.2%, Tranzyme ( TZYM), down 25.7%, Catalyst Pharmaceutical Partners ( CPRX), down 20.2% and MediciNova ( MNOV), down 12.6% , were all gainers within the health care sector with Keryx Biopharmaceuticals ( KERX) being today's featured health care sector leader.

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