AbbVie Inc (ABBV): Today's Featured Health Care Laggard

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AbbVie ( ABBV) pushed the Health Care sector lower today making it today's featured Health Care laggard. The sector as a whole closed the day down 1.2%. By the end of trading, AbbVie fell $0.68 (-1.3%) to $50.98 on light volume. Throughout the day, 4,205,211 shares of AbbVie exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 6,655,900 shares. The stock ranged in price between $50.89-$52.13 after having opened the day at $51.82 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $51.66. Other companies within the Health Care sector that declined today were: LipoScience ( LPDX), down 19.6%, Conatus Pharmaceuticals ( CNAT), down 15.6%, Tekmira Pharmaceuticals Corporation ( TKMR), down 14.5% and Spherix ( SPEX), down 12.5%.

AbbVie Inc., a research-based biopharmaceutical company, is engaged in the discovery, development, manufacture, and sale of pharmaceutical products worldwide. AbbVie has a market cap of $82.2 billion and is part of the drugs industry. Shares are down 2.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 3 analysts that rate AbbVie a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 5 rate it a hold.

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

On the positive front, Idera Pharmaceuticals ( IDRA), up 17.8%, Trevena ( TRVN), up 11.4%, Actinium Pharmaceuticals ( ATNM), up 9.0% and CytRx Corporation ( CYTR), up 7.9% , were all gainers within the health care sector with Cigna ( CI) 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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