Actavis PLC (ACT): Today's Featured Health Care Winner

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Actavis ( ACT) pushed the Health Care sector higher today making it today's featured health care winner. The sector as a whole closed the day up 1.7%. By the end of trading, Actavis rose $5.46 (3.1%) to $184.16 on average volume. Throughout the day, 1,824,180 shares of Actavis exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1,328,600 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $179.11-$184.55 after having opened the day at $179.99 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $178.70. Other companies within the Health Care sector that increased today were: BG Medicine ( BGMD), up 20.9%, Idenix Pharmaceuticals ( IDIX), up 17.0%, SciClone Pharmaceuticals ( SCLN), up 16.7% and Alimera ( ALIM), up 14.0%.

Actavis plc, an integrated specialty pharmaceutical company, develops, manufactures, markets, and distributes pharmaceutical products in the United States, Canada, and internationally. Actavis has a market cap of $30.8 billion and is part of the drugs industry. Shares are up 6.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 12 analysts that rate Actavis a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Actavis as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, solid stock price performance and good cash flow from operations. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including deteriorating net income, generally higher debt management risk and disappointing return on equity.

On the negative front, Thermogenesis Corporation ( KOOL), down 9.4%, Huttig Building Products ( HBP), down 9.1%, Liberator Medical Holdings ( LBMH), down 8.8% and Escalon Medical Corporation ( ESMC), down 7.4% , were all laggards within the health care sector with Health Net ( HNT) 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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