3 Stocks Pushing The Drugs Industry Lower

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The Drugs industry as a whole closed the day down 1.0% versus the S&P 500, which was down 0.2%. Laggards within the Drugs industry included Aurinia Pharmaceuticals ( AUPH), down 6.8%, Aoxing Pharmaceutical ( AXN), down 1.5%, China Pharma ( CPHI), down 3.4%, Oragenics ( OGEN), down 7.7% and Celsus Therapeutics ( CLTX), down 2.5%.

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

Oragenics ( OGEN) is one of the companies that pushed the Drugs industry lower today. Oragenics was down $0.12 (7.7%) to $1.44 on light volume. Throughout the day, 15,309 shares of Oragenics exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 21,500 shares. The stock ranged in price between $1.44-$1.61 after having opened the day at $1.59 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $1.56.

Oragenics, Inc. focuses on the discovery, development, and commercialization of various technologies associated with oral health, antibiotics, and other general health benefits. Oragenics has a market cap of $57.2 million and is part of the health care sector. Shares are down 44.5% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there is 1 analyst who rates Oragenics a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

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TheStreet Ratings rates Oragenics as a sell. Among the areas we feel are negative, one of the most important has been a generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself.

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on OGEN go as follows:

  • OGEN'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 43.50%, 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 8.6% when compared to the same quarter one year prior, going from -$2.07 million to -$1.90 million.
  • The company's current return on equity greatly increased when compared to its ROE from the same quarter one year prior. This is a signal of significant strength within the corporation. Compared to other companies in the Biotechnology industry and the overall market, ORAGENICS INC's return on equity significantly trails that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
  • Net operating cash flow has increased to -$1.70 million or 15.15% when compared to the same quarter last year. Despite an increase in cash flow of 15.15%, ORAGENICS INC is still growing at a significantly lower rate than the industry average of 101.26%.
  • The gross profit margin for ORAGENICS INC is rather high; currently it is at 61.06%. 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 -625.41% is in-line with the industry average.

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

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At the close, China Pharma ( CPHI) was down $0.01 (3.4%) to $0.23 on average volume. Throughout the day, 90,645 shares of China Pharma exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 82,800 shares. The stock ranged in price between $0.23-$0.24 after having opened the day at $0.24 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $0.24.

China Pharma Holdings, Inc. develops, manufactures, and markets generic and branded pharmaceutical, and biochemical products to hospitals and private retailers in the People's Republic of China. China Pharma has a market cap of $11.8 million and is part of the health care sector. Shares are down 29.8% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday.

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TheStreet Ratings rates China Pharma as a sell. Among the areas we feel are negative, one of the most important has been an overall disappointing return on equity.

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on CPHI go as follows:

  • 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 Pharmaceuticals industry and the overall market, CHINA PHARMA HOLDINGS INC's return on equity significantly trails that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
  • CHINA PHARMA HOLDINGS INC has improved earnings per share by 16.7% 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, CHINA PHARMA HOLDINGS INC swung to a loss, reporting -$0.45 versus $0.10 in the prior year.
  • CPHI, with its decline in revenue, slightly underperformed the industry average of 4.7%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues fell by 14.1%. The declining revenue has not hurt the company's bottom line, with increasing earnings per share.
  • 41.65% is the gross profit margin for CHINA PHARMA HOLDINGS INC which we consider to be strong. It has increased significantly from the same period last year. Regardless of the strong results of the gross profit margin, the net profit margin of -33.63% is in-line with the industry average.
  • Net operating cash flow has significantly increased by 124.81% to $2.49 million when compared to the same quarter last year. In addition, CHINA PHARMA HOLDINGS INC has also vastly surpassed the industry average cash flow growth rate of -1.32%.

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

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Aoxing Pharmaceutical ( AXN) was another company that pushed the Drugs industry lower today. Aoxing Pharmaceutical was down $0.00 (1.5%) to $0.30 on light volume. Throughout the day, 5,509 shares of Aoxing Pharmaceutical exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 21,200 shares. The stock ranged in price between $0.24-$0.31 after having opened the day at $0.26 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $0.30.

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 $14.0 million and is part of the health care sector. Shares are up 22.1% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday.

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.

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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 the cash generation rate to the industry average, the firm's growth is significantly 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.
  • The stock has risen over the past year and, it has performed in line with the S&P 500 thus far. 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 significantly exceeded that of the S&P 500 and the Pharmaceuticals industry. 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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