Valeant Pharmaceuticals International Inc (VRX): Today's Featured Health Care Laggard

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Valeant Pharmaceuticals International ( VRX) pushed the Health Care sector lower today making it today's featured Health Care laggard. The sector as a whole closed the day down 0.3%. By the end of trading, Valeant Pharmaceuticals International fell $2.22 (-1.6%) to $139.57 on average volume. Throughout the day, 1,231,214 shares of Valeant Pharmaceuticals International exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1,227,100 shares. The stock ranged in price between $139.28-$142.24 after having opened the day at $141.62 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $141.79. Other companies within the Health Care sector that declined today were: Ohr Pharmaceutical ( OHRP), down 18.9%, Dynatronics Corporation ( DYNT), down 16.6%, Galena Biopharma ( GALE), down 14.3% and Tianyin Pharmaceutical ( TPI), down 13.1%.

Valeant Pharmaceuticals International, Inc., a specialty pharmaceutical company, develops, manufactures, and markets pharmaceutical products and medical devices in the areas of neurology, dermatology, and branded generics. Valeant Pharmaceuticals International has a market cap of $46.9 billion and is part of the drugs industry. Shares are up 20.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 9 analysts that rate Valeant Pharmaceuticals International a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 2 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Valeant Pharmaceuticals International 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 feeble growth in the company's earnings per share, deteriorating net income and generally higher debt management risk.

On the positive front, LCA-Vision ( LCAV), up 28.0%, Fonar Corporation ( FONR), up 25.1%, Aoxing Pharmaceutical Company ( AXN), up 15.4% and La Jolla Pharmaceutical ( LJPC), up 11.6% , were all gainers within the health care sector with Boston Scientific ( BSX) 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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