3 Drugs Stocks Nudging The Industry Higher

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The three major indices are trading lower today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 13 points (0.1%) at 16,969 as of Wednesday, July 2, 2014, 3:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,178 issues advancing vs. 1,877 declining with 123 unchanged.

The Drugs industry as a whole closed the day up 0.5% versus the S&P 500, which was unchanged. Top gainers within the Drugs industry included ImmuCell ( ICCC), up 9.2%, Aoxing Pharmaceutical ( AXN), up 6.2%, XTL Biopharmaceuticals ( XTLB), up 3.3%, Reliv' International ( RELV), up 2.6% and Celsus Therapeutics ( CLTX), up 3.3%.

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

Reliv' International ( RELV) is one of the companies that pushed the Drugs industry higher today. Reliv' International was up $0.04 (2.6%) to $1.60 on average volume. Throughout the day, 8,424 shares of Reliv' International exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 10,900 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $1.52-$1.60 after having opened the day at $1.59 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $1.56.

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 $20.3 million and is part of the health care sector. Shares are down 44.5% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are no analysts who rate Reliv' International a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

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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 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.

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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At the close, XTL Biopharmaceuticals ( XTLB) was up $0.10 (3.3%) to $3.15 on average volume. Throughout the day, 4,775 shares of XTL Biopharmaceuticals exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4,500 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $3.04-$3.15 after having opened the day at $3.05 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 $35.6 million and is part of the health care sector. Shares are up 5.2% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are no analysts who rate XTL Biopharmaceuticals a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

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TheStreet Ratings rates XTL Biopharmaceuticals as a sell. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its 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:

  • 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 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.
  • Net operating cash flow has decreased to -$0.80 million or 44.12% when compared to the same quarter last year. In addition, when comparing to the industry average, the firm's growth rate is much lower.
  • XTLB's stock share price has done very poorly compared to where it was a year ago: Despite any rallies, the net result is that it is down by 51.69%, which is also worse that the performance of the S&P 500 Index. Investors have so far failed to pay much attention to the earnings improvements the company has managed to achieve over the last 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.
  • XTL BIOPHARMACEUTICALS has improved earnings per share by 25.0% in the most recent quarter compared to the same quarter a year ago. This company has not demonstrated a clear trend in earnings over the past 2 years, making it difficult to accurately predict earnings for the coming year. During the past fiscal year, XTL BIOPHARMACEUTICALS reported poor results of -$0.22 versus -$0.13 in the prior year.
  • The revenue fell significantly faster than the industry average of 25.6%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues fell by 12.8%. The declining revenue has not hurt the company's bottom line, with increasing earnings per share.

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

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Aoxing Pharmaceutical ( AXN) was another company that pushed the Drugs industry higher today. Aoxing Pharmaceutical was up $0.02 (6.2%) to $0.33 on light volume. Throughout the day, 13,867 shares of Aoxing Pharmaceutical exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 40,900 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $0.32-$0.34 after having opened the day at $0.32 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $0.31.

Aoxing Pharmaceutical Company, Inc., a specialty pharmaceutical company, researches, develops, manufactures, and distributes various narcotic, pain-management, and addiction treatment pharmaceutical products primarily in the People's Republic of China. Aoxing Pharmaceutical has a market cap of $15.9 million and is part of the health care sector. Shares are up 24.5% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are no analysts who rate Aoxing Pharmaceutical a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Aoxing Pharmaceutical as a sell. Among the areas we feel are negative, one of the most important has been weak operating cash flow.

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on AXN go as follows:

  • Net operating cash flow has decreased to -$4.35 million or 41.91% when compared to the same quarter last year. In addition, when comparing to the industry average, the firm's growth rate is much lower.
  • AOXING PHARMACEUTICAL CO INC has improved earnings per share by 20.0% in the most recent quarter compared to the same quarter a year ago. This company has not demonstrated a clear trend in earnings over the past 2 years, making it difficult to accurately predict earnings for the coming year. During the past fiscal year, AOXING PHARMACEUTICAL CO INC reported poor results of -$0.34 versus -$0.32 in the prior year.
  • 43.50% is the gross profit margin for AOXING PHARMACEUTICAL CO INC which we consider to be strong. Despite the high profit margin, it has decreased significantly from the same period last year. Despite the mixed results of the gross profit margin, AXN's net profit margin of -74.48% significantly underperformed when compared to the industry average.
  • Investors have driven up the company's shares by 36.96% over the past year, a rise that has exceeded that of the S&P 500 Index. Regarding the future course of this stock, we feel that the risks involved in investing in AXN do not compensate for any future upside potential, despite the fact that it has seen nice gains over the past 12 months.
  • The net income growth from the same quarter one year ago has significantly exceeded that of the Pharmaceuticals industry average, but is less than that of the S&P 500. The net income increased by 29.8% when compared to the same quarter one year prior, rising from -$2.60 million to -$1.82 million.

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

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