3 Stocks Pushing The Health Care Sector Lower

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The Health Care sector as a whole closed the day down 0.3% versus the S&P 500, which was down 0.3%. Laggards within the Health Care sector included Aurinia Pharmaceuticals ( AUPH), down 5.0%, Escalon Medical ( ESMC), down 6.2%, Daxor ( DXR), down 1.5%, Reliv' International ( RELV), down 5.4% and Signal Genetics ( SGNL), down 5.3%.

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

Reliv' International ( RELV) is one of the companies that pushed the Health Care sector lower today. Reliv' International was down $0.08 (5.4%) to $1.32 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 72,945 shares of Reliv' International exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 14,700 shares. The stock ranged in price between $1.20-$1.45 after having opened the day at $1.38 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $1.40.

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 $15.3 million and is part of the health services industry. Shares are down 56.9% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday.

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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 15.00%.
  • 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 48.49%, 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, Daxor ( DXR) was down $0.10 (1.5%) to $6.40 on light volume. Throughout the day, 525 shares of Daxor exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2,500 shares. The stock ranged in price between $6.40-$6.40 after having opened the day at $6.40 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $6.50.

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 $26.1 million and is part of the health services industry. Shares are down 4.8% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday.

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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.
  • The share price of DAXOR CORP has not done very well: it is down 13.78% 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.
  • 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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Aurinia Pharmaceuticals ( AUPH) was another company that pushed the Health Care sector lower today. Aurinia Pharmaceuticals was down $0.19 (5.0%) to $3.60 on light volume. Throughout the day, 110 shares of Aurinia Pharmaceuticals exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3,100 shares. The stock ranged in price between $3.60-$3.60 after having opened the day at $3.60 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $3.79.

Aurinia Pharmaceuticals has a market cap of $112.9 million and is part of the health services industry. Shares are up 8.4% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 2 analysts who rate Aurinia Pharmaceuticals a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

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