Celgene Corporation (CELG): Today's Featured Health Care Laggard

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Celgene Corporation ( CELG) pushed the Health Care sector lower today making it today's featured Health Care laggard. The sector as a whole closed the day down 1.0%. By the end of trading, Celgene Corporation fell $2.05 (-1.3%) to $151.93 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 5,092,030 shares of Celgene Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2,856,500 shares. The stock ranged in price between $147.83-$153.77 after having opened the day at $150.80 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $153.98. Other companies within the Health Care sector that declined today were: InterMune ( ITMN), down 17.9%, Hanger ( HGR), down 13.5%, CytRx Corporation ( CYTR), down 13.0% and Oramed Pharmaceuticals ( ORMP), down 11.4%.

Celgene Corporation discovers, develops, and commercializes therapies for cancer and immune-inflammatory related diseases in the United States and Europe. Celgene Corporation has a market cap of $65.3 billion and is part of the drugs industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 45.5, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 6.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 23 analysts that rate Celgene Corporation a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 2 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Celgene Corporation as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, expanding profit margins, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, solid stock price performance and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income.

On the positive front, Accuray ( ARAY), up 15.3%, Enanta Pharmaceuticals ( ENTA), up 13.4%, Idera Pharmaceuticals ( IDRA), up 12.6% and Arrhythmia Research Technology ( HRT), up 9.1% , were all gainers within the health care sector with Zimmer Holdings ( ZMH) 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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