3 Stocks Pushing The Health Care Sector Lower

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The Health Care sector as a whole closed the day down 1.0% versus the S&P 500, which was down 0.6%. Laggards within the Health Care sector included XTL Biopharmaceuticals ( XTLB), down 2.3%, Allied Healthcare Products ( AHPI), down 1.5%, Vision-Sciences ( VSCI), down 3.3%, Pro-Dex ( PDEX), down 1.8% and VBI Vaccines ( VBIV), down 3.6%.

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

Vision-Sciences ( VSCI) is one of the companies that pushed the Health Care sector lower today. Vision-Sciences was down $0.03 (3.3%) to $0.94 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 73,673 shares of Vision-Sciences exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 25,500 shares. The stock ranged in price between $0.94-$0.96 after having opened the day at $0.95 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $0.97.

Vision-Sciences, Inc., through its subsidiaries, designs, develops, manufactures, and markets endoscopy products. It operates through Medical and Industrial segments. Vision-Sciences has a market cap of $47.1 million and is part of the health services industry. Shares are down 3.0% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday.

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TheStreet Ratings rates Vision-Sciences as a sell. The area that we feel has been the company's primary weakness has been its relatively poor performance when compared with the S&P 500 during the past year.

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on VSCI go as follows:

  • In its most recent trading session, VSCI has closed at a price level that was not very different from its closing price of one year earlier. This is probably due to its weak earnings growth as well as other mixed factors. 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.
  • 35.05% is the gross profit margin for VISION-SCIENCES INC which we consider to be strong. 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 -52.69% is in-line with the industry average.
  • Net operating cash flow has increased to -$0.95 million or 33.40% when compared to the same quarter last year. In addition, VISION-SCIENCES INC has also vastly surpassed the industry average cash flow growth rate of -22.24%.
  • VISION-SCIENCES INC has improved earnings per share by 20.0% in the most recent quarter compared to the same quarter a year ago. The company has demonstrated a pattern of positive earnings per share growth over the past two years. During the past fiscal year, VISION-SCIENCES INC continued to lose money by earning -$0.16 versus -$0.22 in the prior year.
  • The net income growth from the same quarter one year ago has exceeded that of the S&P 500 and greatly outperformed compared to the Health Care Equipment & Supplies industry average. The net income increased by 18.8% when compared to the same quarter one year prior, going from -$2.43 million to -$1.98 million.

You can view the full analysis from the report here: Vision-Sciences Ratings Report

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At the close, Allied Healthcare Products ( AHPI) was down $0.03 (1.5%) to $1.96 on average volume. Throughout the day, 10,997 shares of Allied Healthcare Products exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 8,700 shares. The stock ranged in price between $1.96-$2.04 after having opened the day at $1.96 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $1.99.

Allied Healthcare Products, Inc. manufactures, markets, and distributes respiratory care products, medical gas equipment, and emergency medical products in Canada, Mexico, Central and South America, Europe, the Middle East, and the Far East. Allied Healthcare Products has a market cap of $15.8 million and is part of the health services industry. Shares are down 13.6% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday.

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TheStreet Ratings rates Allied Healthcare Products 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, poor profit margins and generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself.

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on AHPI go as follows:

  • ALLIED HEALTHCARE PRODS 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. The company has reported a trend of declining earnings per share over the past two years. During the past fiscal year, ALLIED HEALTHCARE PRODS INC reported poor results of -$0.15 versus -$0.06 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 Health Care Equipment & Supplies industry. The net income has significantly decreased by 247.3% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, falling from -$0.28 million to -$0.97 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, ALLIED HEALTHCARE PRODS INC's return on equity significantly trails that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
  • The gross profit margin for ALLIED HEALTHCARE PRODS INC is rather low; currently it is at 22.80%. Regardless of AHPI's low profit margin, it has managed to increase from the same period last year. Despite the mixed results of the gross profit margin, AHPI's net profit margin of -10.63% significantly underperformed when compared to the industry average.
  • The share price of ALLIED HEALTHCARE PRODS INC has not done very well: it is down 15.79% and has underperformed the S&P 500, in part reflecting the company's sharply declining earnings per share when compared to the year-earlier quarter. The fact that the stock is now selling for less than others in its industry in relation to its current earnings is not reason enough to justify a buy rating at this time.

You can view the full analysis from the report here: Allied Healthcare Products Ratings Report

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XTL Biopharmaceuticals ( XTLB) was another company that pushed the Health Care sector lower today. XTL Biopharmaceuticals was down $0.07 (2.3%) to $2.89 on light volume. Throughout the day, 400 shares of XTL Biopharmaceuticals exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4,500 shares. The stock ranged in price between $2.53-$2.89 after having opened the day at $2.53 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $2.96.

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 $36.8 million and is part of the health services industry. Shares are up 2.1% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. 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 disappointing return on equity, weak operating cash flow and generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself.

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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. Despite a decrease in cash flow of 44.12%, XTL BIOPHARMACEUTICALS is in line with the industry average cash flow growth rate of -47.73%.
  • 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 53.72%, 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.
  • The company, on the basis of net income growth from the same quarter one year ago, has significantly underperformed compared to the Biotechnology industry average, but is greater than that of the S&P 500. The net income increased by 21.3% when compared to the same quarter one year prior, going from -$0.87 million to -$0.69 million.
  • The revenue fell significantly faster than the industry average of 36.5%. 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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