Shire PLC (SHPG): Today's Featured Health Care Winner

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Shire ( SHPG) pushed the Health Care sector higher today making it today's featured health care winner. The sector as a whole closed the day up 0.8%. By the end of trading, Shire rose $1.98 (2.1%) to $94.30 on average volume. Throughout the day, 471,134 shares of Shire exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 415,800 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $93.36-$94.45 after having opened the day at $93.54 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $92.32. Other companies within the Health Care sector that increased today were: Galectin Therapeutics ( GALT), up 20.0%, Conceptus ( CPTS), up 19.5%, Nymox Pharmaceutical Corporation ( NYMX), up 13.2% and InspireMD ( NSPR), up 12.9%.
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Shire plc, a specialty biopharmaceutical company, engages in the research and development, manufacture, sale, and distribution of pharmaceutical products. It operates in three segments: Specialty Pharmaceuticals (SP), Human Genetic Therapies (HGT), and Regenerative Medicine (RM). Shire has a market cap of $17.5 billion and is part of the drugs industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 23.7, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 1.0% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday.

TheStreet Ratings rates Shire 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 and expanding profit margins. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had lackluster performance in the stock itself.

On the negative front, Five Star Quality Care Incorporated ( FVE), down 16.8%, Auxilium Pharmaceuticals ( AUXL), down 12.7%, Lexicon Pharmaceuticals ( LXRX), down 11.0% and Aastrom Biosciences ( ASTM), down 10.9% , were all laggards within the health care sector with Incyte ( INCY) 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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