Regeneron Pharmaceuticals Inc. (REGN): Today's Featured Health Care Winner

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Regeneron Pharmaceuticals ( REGN) pushed the Health Care sector higher today making it today's featured health care winner. The sector as a whole closed the day up 0.5%. By the end of trading, Regeneron Pharmaceuticals rose $17.53 (7.0%) to $266.16 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 2,300,191 shares of Regeneron Pharmaceuticals exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1,091,600 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $256.92-$270.00 after having opened the day at $258.95 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $248.63. Other companies within the Health Care sector that increased today were: Spherix ( SPEX), up 18.1%, Genomic Health ( GHDX), up 10.2%, BG Medicine ( BGMD), up 9.8% and China Pharma ( CPHI), up 9.3%.
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Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a biopharmaceutical company, discovers, invents, develops, manufactures, and commercializes medicines for the treatment of serious medical conditions in the United States and internationally. Regeneron Pharmaceuticals has a market cap of $22.8 billion and is part of the drugs industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 35.2, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 38.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 8 analysts that rate Regeneron Pharmaceuticals a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 6 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Regeneron Pharmaceuticals as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, notable return on equity, expanding profit margins and good cash flow from operations. Although no company is perfect, currently we do not see any significant weaknesses which are likely to detract from the generally positive outlook.

On the negative front, Delcath Systems ( DCTH), down 42.0%, Chemed Corporation ( CHE), down 16.9%, Aoxing Pharmaceutical Company ( AXN), down 16.0% and Thoratec Corporation ( THOR), down 10.8% , were all laggards within the health care sector with Onyx Pharmaceuticals ( ONXX) 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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