Alexion Pharmaceuticals Inc. (ALXN): Today's Featured Health Care Winner

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Alexion Pharmaceuticals ( ALXN) pushed the Health Care sector higher today making it today's featured health care winner. The sector as a whole closed the day up 0.7%. By the end of trading, Alexion Pharmaceuticals rose $2.46 (1.4%) to $181.52 on average volume. Throughout the day, 1,330,003 shares of Alexion Pharmaceuticals exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1,342,400 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $176.11-$184.22 after having opened the day at $178.49 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $179.06. Other companies within the Health Care sector that increased today were: Emeritus Corporation ( ESC), up 35.2%, ACADIA Pharmaceuticals ( ACAD), up 17.3%, Concord Medical Services Holdings ( CCM), up 16.4% and Isis Pharmaceuticals ( ISIS), up 15.5%.

Alexion Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a biopharmaceutical company, develops and commercializes life-transforming therapeutic products. Alexion Pharmaceuticals has a market cap of $35.7 billion and is part of the drugs industry. Shares are up 35.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 17 analysts that rate Alexion Pharmaceuticals a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 3 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Alexion Pharmaceuticals 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, good cash flow from operations, solid stock price performance and expanding profit margins. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income.

On the negative front, Aoxing Pharmaceutical Company ( AXN), down 16.7%, Dehaier Medical Systems ( DHRM), down 14.7%, Alphatec Holdings ( ATEC), down 8.0% and IsoRay ( ISR), down 7.6% , were all laggards within the health care sector with Perrigo Company ( PRGO) 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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