Sarepta Therapeutics Inc (SRPT): Today's Featured Health Care Laggard

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Sarepta Therapeutics ( SRPT) 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, Sarepta Therapeutics fell $0.85 (-2.3%) to $36.36 on average volume. Throughout the day, 1,590,519 shares of Sarepta Therapeutics exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1,688,700 shares. The stock ranged in price between $36.08-$38.54 after having opened the day at $37.60 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $37.21. Other companies within the Health Care sector that declined today were: Transcept Pharmaceuticals ( TSPT), down 12.2%, Neostem ( NBS), down 10.6%, Progenics Pharmaceuticals ( PGNX), down 9.9% and Imprimis Pharmaceuticals ( IMMY), down 9.8%.

Sarepta Therapeutics, Inc., a biopharmaceutical company, focuses on the discovery and development of RNA-based therapeutics for the treatment of rare and infectious diseases. Sarepta Therapeutics has a market cap of $1.2 billion and is part of the drugs industry. Shares are up 42.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 9 analysts that rate Sarepta Therapeutics a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 4 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Sarepta Therapeutics as a sell. Among the areas we feel are negative, one of the most important has been the company's poor growth in earnings per share.

On the positive front, Omeros Corporation ( OMER), up 68.2%, GW Pharmaceuticals PLC ADR ( GWPH), up 56.7%, Mirati Therapeutics ( MRTX), up 37.1% and NovaBay Pharmaceuticals ( NBY), up 24.6% , were all gainers within the health care sector with AstraZeneca ( AZN) being today's featured health care sector leader.

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