Biogen Idec Inc (BIIB): Today's Featured Health Care Laggard

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Biogen Idec ( BIIB) 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, Biogen Idec fell $4.17 (-1.5%) to $277.17 on light volume. Throughout the day, 598,469 shares of Biogen Idec exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1,245,800 shares. The stock ranged in price between $276.31-$282.92 after having opened the day at $281.81 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $281.34. Other companies within the Health Care sector that declined today were: Mast Therapeutics ( MSTX), down 39.8%, Coronado Biosciences ( CNDO), down 9.5%, Arrhythmia Research Technology ( HRT), down 8.3% and Stereotaxis ( STXS), down 7.1%.

Biogen Idec Inc. discovers, develops, manufactures, and markets therapies for the treatment of neurodegenerative diseases, hemophilia, and autoimmune disorders in the United States and internationally. Biogen Idec has a market cap of $66.3 billion and is part of the drugs industry. Shares are up 92.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 14 analysts that rate Biogen Idec a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 5 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Biogen Idec 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, reasonable valuation levels and solid stock price performance. Although the company may harbor some minor weaknesses, we feel they are unlikely to have a significant impact on results.

On the positive front, Biolase ( BIOL), up 20.9%, Amyris ( AMRS), up 16.0%, Merus Labs International ( MSLI), up 14.6% and Cardium Therapeutics ( CXM), up 13.9% , were all gainers within the health care sector with Illumina ( ILMN) being today's featured health care sector leader.

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