3 Stocks Pushing The Health Care Sector Lower

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The Health Care sector as a whole closed the day down 0.1% versus the S&P 500, which was down 0.1%. Laggards within the Health Care sector included ImmuCell ( ICCC), down 4.1%, SunLink Health Systems ( SSY), down 5.5%, Reliv' International ( RELV), down 4.9%, Electromed ( ELMD), down 3.6% and VirtualScopics ( VSCP), down 7.4%.

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

VirtualScopics ( VSCP) is one of the companies that pushed the Health Care sector lower today. VirtualScopics was down $0.40 (7.4%) to $5.00 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 19,141 shares of VirtualScopics exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 5,800 shares. The stock ranged in price between $4.79-$5.40 after having opened the day at $5.40 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $5.40.

VirtualScopics, Inc. provides imaging solutions for the pharmaceutical, biotechnology, and medical device industries. VirtualScopics has a market cap of $16.5 million and is part of the health services industry. Shares are up 56.1% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there is 1 analyst who rates VirtualScopics a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

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TheStreet Ratings rates VirtualScopics as a sell. Among the areas we feel are negative, one of the most important has been poor profit margins.

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on VSCP go as follows:

  • The gross profit margin for VIRTUALSCOPICS INC is currently lower than what is desirable, coming in at 32.24%. Regardless of VSCP's low profit margin, it has managed to increase from the same period last year. Despite the mixed results of the gross profit margin, VSCP's net profit margin of -27.44% significantly underperformed when compared to the industry average.
  • Current return on equity exceeded its ROE from the same quarter one year prior. This is a clear sign of strength within the company. Compared to other companies in the Life Sciences Tools & Services industry and the overall market, VIRTUALSCOPICS INC's return on equity significantly trails that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
  • VSCP, with its decline in revenue, underperformed when compared the industry average of 18.7%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly dropped by 7.1%. The declining revenue has not hurt the company's bottom line, with increasing earnings per share.
  • Compared to where it was 12 months ago, the stock is up, but it has so far lagged the appreciation in the S&P 500. Turning our attention to the future direction of the stock, we do not believe this stock offers ample reward opportunity to compensate for the risks, despite the fact that it rose over the past year.
  • The net income growth from the same quarter one year ago has exceeded that of the S&P 500, but is less than that of the Life Sciences Tools & Services industry average. The net income increased by 42.0% when compared to the same quarter one year prior, rising from -$1.11 million to -$0.65 million.

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

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At the close, Electromed ( ELMD) was down $0.05 (3.6%) to $1.33 on light volume. Throughout the day, 8,809 shares of Electromed exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 21,600 shares. The stock ranged in price between $1.27-$1.34 after having opened the day at $1.28 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $1.38.

Electromed, Inc. develops, manufactures, markets, and sells airway clearance therapy products. Electromed has a market cap of $11.8 million and is part of the health services industry. Shares are down 59.4% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there is 1 analyst who rates Electromed a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

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TheStreet Ratings rates Electromed 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 and disappointing return on equity.

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on ELMD go as follows:

  • ELECTROMED INC 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. Earnings per share have declined over the last two years. We anticipate that this should continue in the coming year. During the past fiscal year, ELECTROMED INC swung to a loss, reporting -$0.16 versus $0.02 in the prior year. For the next year, the market is expecting a contraction of 18.8% in earnings (-$0.19 versus -$0.16).
  • 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 Health Care Equipment & Supplies industry. The net income has significantly decreased by 132.9% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, falling from -$0.43 million to -$1.00 million.
  • Current return on equity is lower than its ROE from the same quarter one year prior. This is a clear sign of weakness within the company. Compared to other companies in the Health Care Equipment & Supplies industry and the overall market, ELECTROMED INC's return on equity significantly trails that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
  • The gross profit margin for ELECTROMED INC is rather high; currently it is at 68.31%. Despite the high profit margin, it has decreased significantly from the same period last year. Despite the mixed results of the gross profit margin, ELMD's net profit margin of -25.37% significantly underperformed when compared to the industry average.
  • Compared to where it was a year ago, the stock is now trading at a higher level, and has traded in line with the S&P 500. Turning our attention to the future direction of the stock, we do not believe this stock offers ample reward opportunity to compensate for the risks, despite the fact that it rose over the past year.

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

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Reliv' International ( RELV) was another company that pushed the Health Care sector lower today. Reliv' International was down $0.09 (4.9%) to $1.76 on light volume. Throughout the day, 1,330 shares of Reliv' International exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 13,800 shares. The stock ranged in price between $1.76-$1.78 after having opened the day at $1.78 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $1.85.

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 $22.7 million and is part of the health services industry. Shares are down 34.2% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday.

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

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Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on RELV go as follows:

  • The gross profit margin for RELIV INTERNATIONAL INC is currently very high, coming in at 81.71%. It has increased from the same quarter the previous year. Regardless of the strong results of the gross profit margin, the net profit margin of -1.04% trails the industry average.
  • RELV's debt-to-equity ratio is very low at 0.27 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.
  • 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'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.
  • Net operating cash flow has significantly decreased to -$1.36 million or 324.34% when compared to the same quarter last year. In addition, when comparing to the industry average, the firm's growth rate is much lower.

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

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