Celgene Corporation (CELG): Today's Featured Health Care Winner

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Celgene Corporation ( CELG) pushed the Health Care sector higher today making it today's featured health care winner. The sector as a whole was unchanged today. By the end of trading, Celgene Corporation rose $2.39 (2.0%) to $120.34 on average volume. Throughout the day, 3,199,506 shares of Celgene Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3,188,600 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $117.96-$121.01 after having opened the day at $118.07 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $117.95. Other companies within the Health Care sector that increased today were: Bacterin International Holdings ( BONE), up 17.1%, Tesaro ( TSRO), up 13.2%, MGC Diagnostics ( MGCD), up 13.2% and Oxygen Biotherapeutics ( OXBT), up 12.4%.
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Celgene Corporation, a biopharmaceutical company, engages in the discovery, development, and commercialization of various therapies to treat cancer and immune-inflammatory related diseases in the United States, Europe, and other countries. Celgene Corporation has a market cap of $49.5 billion and is part of the drugs industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 35.8, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 50.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday.

TheStreet Ratings rates Celgene Corporation as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, notable return on equity, solid stock price performance and good cash flow from operations. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income.

On the negative front, Dyax Corporation ( DYAX), down 34.9%, Merit Medical Systems ( MMSI), down 12.2%, PerkinElmer ( PKI), down 11.9% and Atossa Genetics ( ATOS), down 7.9% , were all laggards within the health care sector with Covidien ( COV) being today's health care sector laggard.

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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