3 Stocks Pushing The Drugs Industry Lower

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The Drugs industry as a whole closed the day down 0.6% versus the S&P 500, which was up 0.1%. Laggards within the Drugs industry included Merus Labs International ( MSLI), down 1.9%, XTL Biopharmaceuticals ( XTLB), down 2.3%, Reliv' International ( RELV), down 3.6%, EntreMed ( ENMD), down 2.8% and Celsus Therapeutics ( CLTX), down 6.9%.

TheStreet Ratings Group would like to highlight 3 stocks that pushed the industry lower today:

Reliv' International ( RELV) is one of the companies that pushed the Drugs industry lower today. Reliv' International was down $0.07 (3.6%) to $1.80 on light volume. Throughout the day, 6,900 shares of Reliv' International exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 15,700 shares. The stock ranged in price between $1.80-$1.91 after having opened the day at $1.91 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $1.87.

Reliv' International, Inc. develops, manufactures, and markets nutritional supplements that promote basic nutrition, weight loss, athletic performance, digestive health, women's health, anti-aging, and healthy energy. Reliv' International has a market cap of $24.4 million and is part of the health care sector. Shares are down 33.5% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday.

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TheStreet Ratings rates Reliv' International as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, expanding profit margins and solid stock price performance. 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 disappointing return on equity.

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on RELV go as follows:

  • RELV's debt-to-equity ratio is very low at 0.23 and is currently below that of the industry average, implying that there has been very successful management of debt levels. Although the company had a strong debt-to-equity ratio, its quick ratio of 0.82 is somewhat weak and could be cause for future problems.
  • The gross profit margin for RELIV INTERNATIONAL INC is currently very high, coming in at 80.04%. Regardless of RELV's high profit margin, it has managed to decrease from the same period last year. Despite the mixed results of the gross profit margin, the net profit margin of -1.04% trails the industry average.
  • RELV, with its decline in revenue, underperformed when compared the industry average of 0.1%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues fell by 23.3%. The declining revenue appears to have seeped down to the company's bottom line, decreasing earnings per share.
  • 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 Personal Products industry. The net income has significantly decreased by 177.4% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, falling from $0.20 million to -$0.15 million.
  • The company's current return on equity has slightly decreased from the same quarter one year prior. This implies a minor weakness in the organization. Compared to other companies in the Personal Products industry and the overall market, RELIV INTERNATIONAL INC's return on equity significantly trails that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.

You can view the full analysis from the report here: Reliv' International Ratings Report

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