3 Stocks Raising The Drugs Industry Higher

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Two out of the three major indices traded up today The three major indices are trading lower today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 17 points (0.1%) at 16,712 as of Tuesday, May 13, 2014, 3:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,351 issues advancing vs. 1,650 declining with 150 unchanged.

The Drugs industry as a whole closed the day down 0.4% versus the S&P 500, which was up 0.1%. Top gainers within the Drugs industry included ImmuCell ( ICCC), up 7.2%, XTL Biopharmaceuticals ( XTLB), up 4.9%, Oragenics ( OGEN), up 9.7%, Telik ( TELK), up 21.8% and China Pharma ( CPHI), up 5.0%.

TheStreet Ratings Group would like to highlight 3 stocks pushing the industry higher today:

Telik ( TELK) is one of the companies that pushed the Drugs industry higher today. Telik was up $0.27 (21.8%) to $1.52 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 2,681,313 shares of Telik exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 49,700 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $1.39-$2.06 after having opened the day at $1.39 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $1.25.

Telik has a market cap of $6.0 million and is part of the health care sector. Shares are up 5.0% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday.

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Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on TELK go as follows:

You can view the full analysis from the report here: Telik Ratings Report

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At the close, Oragenics ( OGEN) was up $0.17 (9.7%) to $1.92 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 70,755 shares of Oragenics exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 29,000 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $1.72-$2.07 after having opened the day at $1.76 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $1.75.

Oragenics, Inc. focuses on the discovery, development, and commercialization of various technologies associated with oral health, antibiotics, and other general health benefits. Oragenics has a market cap of $67.2 million and is part of the health care sector. Shares are down 37.7% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there is 1 analyst who rates Oragenics a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

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TheStreet Ratings rates Oragenics as a sell. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its deteriorating net income and generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself.

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on OGEN go as follows:

  • The company, on the basis of change in net income from the same quarter one year ago, has significantly underperformed when compared to that of the S&P 500 and the Biotechnology industry. The net income has significantly decreased by 54.9% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, falling from -$1.99 million to -$3.08 million.
  • Despite any intermediate fluctuations, we have only bad news to report on this stock's performance over the last year: it has tumbled by 42.27%, worse than the S&P 500's performance. Consistent with the plunge in the stock price, the company's earnings per share are down 28.57% compared to the year-earlier quarter. Naturally, the overall market trend is bound to be a significant factor. However, in one sense, the stock's sharp decline last year is a positive for future investors, making it cheaper (in proportion to its earnings over the past year) than most other stocks in its industry. But due to other concerns, we feel the stock is still not a good buy right now.
  • The company's current return on equity greatly increased when compared to its ROE from the same quarter one year prior. This is a signal of significant strength within the corporation. Compared to other companies in the Biotechnology industry and the overall market, ORAGENICS INC's return on equity significantly trails that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
  • ORAGENICS INC's earnings per share declined by 28.6% in the most recent quarter compared to the same quarter a year ago. This company has reported somewhat volatile earnings recently. But, we feel it is poised for EPS growth in the coming year. During the past fiscal year, ORAGENICS INC continued to lose money by earning -$0.57 versus -$0.95 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings (-$0.37 versus -$0.57).
  • The gross profit margin for ORAGENICS INC is currently very high, coming in at 84.60%. It has increased significantly from the same period last year. Regardless of the strong results of the gross profit margin, the net profit margin of -708.04% is in-line with the industry average.

You can view the full analysis from the report here: Oragenics Ratings Report

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XTL Biopharmaceuticals ( XTLB) was another company that pushed the Drugs industry higher today. XTL Biopharmaceuticals was up $0.15 (4.9%) to $3.20 on light volume. Throughout the day, 3,193 shares of XTL Biopharmaceuticals exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 10,200 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $3.20-$3.29 after having opened the day at $3.27 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $3.05.

XTL Biopharmaceuticals Ltd., a biopharmaceutical company, is engaged in the acquisition and development of pharmaceutical products for the treatment of unmet medical needs. XTL Biopharmaceuticals has a market cap of $33.9 million and is part of the health care sector. Shares are up 5.2% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are no analysts who rate XTL Biopharmaceuticals a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates XTL Biopharmaceuticals as a sell. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its feeble growth in its earnings per share, deteriorating net income, disappointing return on equity, weak operating cash flow and generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself.

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on XTLB go as follows:

  • XTL BIOPHARMACEUTICALS has experienced a steep decline in earnings per share in the most recent quarter in comparison to its performance from the same quarter a year ago. The company has reported a trend of declining earnings per share over the past two years. During the past fiscal year, XTL BIOPHARMACEUTICALS reported poor results of -$0.22 versus -$0.13 in the prior year.
  • The company, on the basis of change in net income from the same quarter one year ago, has significantly underperformed when compared to that of the S&P 500 and the Biotechnology industry. The net income has significantly decreased by 288.5% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, falling from -$0.30 million to -$1.15 million.
  • Return on equity has greatly decreased when compared to its ROE from the same quarter one year prior. This is a signal of major weakness within the corporation. Compared to other companies in the Biotechnology industry and the overall market, XTL BIOPHARMACEUTICALS's return on equity significantly trails that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
  • Despite any intermediate fluctuations, we have only bad news to report on this stock's performance over the last year: it has tumbled by 44.53%, worse than the S&P 500's performance. Consistent with the plunge in the stock price, the company's earnings per share are down 233.33% compared to the year-earlier quarter. Naturally, the overall market trend is bound to be a significant factor. However, in one sense, the stock's sharp decline last year is a positive for future investors, making it cheaper (in proportion to its earnings over the past year) than most other stocks in its industry. But due to other concerns, we feel the stock is still not a good buy right now.
  • Net operating cash flow has decreased to -$0.52 million or 27.45% when compared to the same quarter last year. Despite a decrease in cash flow of 27.45%, XTL BIOPHARMACEUTICALS is in line with the industry average cash flow growth rate of -30.98%.

You can view the full analysis from the report here: XTL Biopharmaceuticals Ratings Report

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