3 Health Care Stocks Driving The Sector 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 60 points (0.4%) at 16,979 as of Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014, 4:20 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,544 issues advancing vs. 1,461 declining with 193 unchanged.

The Health Care sector as a whole closed the day down 0.5% versus the S&P 500, which was up 0.2%. Top gainers within the Health Care sector included SunLink Health Systems ( SSY), up 2.2%, VBI Vaccines ( VBIV), up 3.3%, CAS Medical Systems ( CASM), up 6.1%, Electromed ( ELMD), up 2.0% and Daxor ( DXR), up 3.6%.

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

Daxor ( DXR) is one of the companies that pushed the Health Care sector higher today. Daxor was up $0.25 (3.6%) to $7.25 on light volume. Throughout the day, 200 shares of Daxor exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 5,700 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $6.90-$7.25 after having opened the day at $6.90 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $7.00.

Daxor Corporation, a medical device manufacturing company, offers biotech services in the United States. The company develops and markets BVA-100 Blood Volume Analyzer, an instrument that measures human blood volume. Daxor has a market cap of $28.5 million and is part of the drugs industry. Shares are up 2.5% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are no analysts who rate Daxor a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

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TheStreet Ratings rates Daxor 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 and generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself.

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on DXR go as follows:

  • DAXOR CORP 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 suffered a declining pattern earnings per share over the past two years. During the past fiscal year, DAXOR CORP swung to a loss, reporting -$1.69 versus $1.17 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 165.8% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, falling from $2.27 million to -$1.49 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 Health Care Equipment & Supplies industry and the overall market, DAXOR CORP's return on equity significantly trails that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
  • In its most recent trading session, DXR 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. 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.
  • The gross profit margin for DAXOR CORP is currently very high, coming in at 71.27%. 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 -404.33% is in-line with the industry average.

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

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