3 Stocks Advancing The Drugs Industry

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All three major indices are trading down today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 116.81 points (-0.7%) at 17,056 as of Tuesday, Sept. 23, 2014, 4:20 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 891 issues advancing vs. 2,185 declining with 134 unchanged.

The Drugs industry as a whole closed the day down 0.5% versus the S&P 500, which was down 0.6%. Top gainers within the Drugs industry included Aoxing Pharmaceutical ( AXN), up 2.3%, Oragenics ( OGEN), up 3.1%, ImmuCell ( ICCC), up 1.9%, Reliv' International ( RELV), up 2.3% and Echo Therapeutics ( ECTE), up 16.1%.

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 $0.03 (2.3%) to $1.25 on light volume. Throughout the day, 244 shares of Reliv' International exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 37,700 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $1.22-$1.25 after having opened the day at $1.22 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $1.22.

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 $15.8 million and is part of the health care sector. Shares are down 55.5% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. 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 good cash flow from operations, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and expanding profit margins. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself, deteriorating net income and disappointing return on equity.

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on RELV go as follows:

  • Net operating cash flow has significantly increased by 120.15% to $0.20 million when compared to the same quarter last year. In addition, RELIV INTERNATIONAL INC has also vastly surpassed the industry average cash flow growth rate of 10.12%.
  • Although RELV's debt-to-equity ratio of 0.26 is very low, it is currently higher than that of the industry average. Although the company had a strong debt-to-equity ratio, its quick ratio of 0.79 is somewhat weak and could be cause for future problems.
  • The gross profit margin for RELIV INTERNATIONAL INC is currently very high, coming in at 80.96%. Regardless of RELV's high profit margin, it has managed to decrease from the same period last year. Despite the mixed results of the gross profit margin, RELV's net profit margin of -1.99% significantly underperformed when compared to the industry average.
  • RELV'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 50.00%, which is also worse than the performance of the S&P 500 Index. Despite the heavy decline in its share price, this stock is still more expensive (when compared to its current earnings) than most other companies in its industry.
  • 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.

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

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At the close, Oragenics ( OGEN) was up $0.04 (3.1%) to $1.31 on average volume. Throughout the day, 16,281 shares of Oragenics exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 18,400 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $1.25-$1.33 after having opened the day at $1.25 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $1.27.

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 $49.9 million and is part of the health care sector. Shares are down 50.9% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. 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 58.95%, 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 100.84%.
  • 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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Aoxing Pharmaceutical ( AXN) was another company that pushed the Drugs industry higher today. Aoxing Pharmaceutical was up $0.00 (2.3%) to $0.22 on average volume. Throughout the day, 24,997 shares of Aoxing Pharmaceutical exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 25,300 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $0.21-$0.25 after having opened the day at $0.25 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $0.22.

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 $12.0 million and is part of the health care sector. Shares are down 3.8% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. 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. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its weak operating cash flow and generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself.

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.
  • AXN has underperformed the S&P 500 Index, declining 10.72% from its price level of one year ago. 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.
  • 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 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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