Questcor Pharmaceuticals Inc. (QCOR): Today's Featured Health Care Laggard

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Questcor Pharmaceuticals ( QCOR) pushed the Health Care sector lower today making it today's featured Health Care laggard. The sector as a whole closed the day down 0.2%. By the end of trading, Questcor Pharmaceuticals fell $1.67 (-2.4%) to $67.38 on light volume. Throughout the day, 1,266,180 shares of Questcor Pharmaceuticals exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1,993,700 shares. The stock ranged in price between $67.33-$69.82 after having opened the day at $69.07 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $69.05. Other companies within the Health Care sector that declined today were: Mast Therapeutics ( MSTX), down 42.2%, Biolase ( BIOL), down 33.7%, Spherix ( SPEX), down 19.1% and IMRIS ( IMRS), down 15.9%.

Questcor Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a biopharmaceutical company, provides drugs for the treatment of multiple sclerosis, nephrotic syndrome, and infantile spasms indications. It primarily offers H.P. Questcor Pharmaceuticals has a market cap of $4.0 billion and is part of the drugs industry. Shares are up 147.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 5 analysts that rate Questcor Pharmaceuticals a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Questcor 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, solid stock price performance, impressive record of earnings per share growth and compelling growth in net income. 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 positive front, Skystar Bio-Pharmaceutical Company ( SKBI), up 82.5%, Columbia Laboratories ( CBRX), up 17.1%, GW Pharmaceuticals PLC ADR ( GWPH), up 16.9% and Anacor Pharmaceuticals ( ANAC), up 15.9% , were all gainers within the health care sector with Warner Chilcott ( WCRX) being today's featured health care sector leader.

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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