3 Health Care Stocks Moving The Sector Upward

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One out of the three major indices traded up today 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 down 3.30 points (0.0%) at 17,812 as of Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2014, 3:25 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,757 issues advancing vs. 1,268 declining with 146 unchanged.

The Health Care sector as a whole closed the day up 1.0% versus the S&P 500, which was up 0.1%. Top gainers within the Health Care sector included China Pharma ( CPHI), up 1.8%, Aoxing Pharmaceutical ( AXN), up 14.3%, Aurinia Pharmaceuticals ( AUPH), up 2.4%, USMD Holdings ( USMD), up 3.7% and Merus Labs International ( MSLI), up 1.6%.

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

Aurinia Pharmaceuticals ( AUPH) is one of the companies that pushed the Health Care sector higher today. Aurinia Pharmaceuticals was up $0.09 (2.4%) to $3.90 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 81,567 shares of Aurinia Pharmaceuticals exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 5,000 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $3.75-$4.15 after having opened the day at $4.05 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $3.81.

Aurinia Pharmaceuticals has a market cap of $109.9 million and is part of the drugs industry. Shares are up 4.8% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday.

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At the close, Aoxing Pharmaceutical ( AXN) was up $0.03 (14.3%) to $0.25 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 158,935 shares of Aoxing Pharmaceutical exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 77,100 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $0.24-$0.27 after having opened the day at $0.26 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 $14.2 million and is part of the drugs industry. Shares are down 14.3% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are no analysts who rate Aoxing Pharmaceutical a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

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TheStreet Ratings rates Aoxing Pharmaceutical 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 AXN go as follows:

  • AXN has underperformed the S&P 500 Index, declining 21.43% 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.
  • The gross profit margin for AOXING PHARMACEUTICAL CO INC is rather high; currently it is at 58.33%. 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 -71.80% is in-line with the industry average.
  • Net operating cash flow has significantly increased by 68.38% to -$0.56 million when compared to the same quarter last year. In addition, AOXING PHARMACEUTICAL CO INC has also vastly surpassed the industry average cash flow growth rate of -19.65%.
  • AOXING PHARMACEUTICAL CO INC reported significant earnings per share improvement 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, AOXING PHARMACEUTICAL CO INC continued to lose money by earning -$0.16 versus -$0.34 in the prior 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 78.4% when compared to the same quarter one year prior, rising from -$10.78 million to -$2.33 million.

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

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China Pharma ( CPHI) was another company that pushed the Health Care sector higher today. China Pharma was up $0.01 (1.8%) to $0.29 on light volume. Throughout the day, 7,251 shares of China Pharma exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 44,000 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $0.28-$0.29 after having opened the day at $0.28 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $0.28.

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 $12.2 million and is part of the drugs industry. Shares are down 18.8% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are no analysts who rate China Pharma a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates China Pharma 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, weak operating cash flow and generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself.

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on CPHI go as follows:

  • CHINA PHARMA HOLDINGS 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, CHINA PHARMA HOLDINGS INC swung to a loss, reporting -$0.45 versus $0.10 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 Pharmaceuticals industry. The net income has significantly decreased by 93.6% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, falling from -$4.46 million to -$8.64 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 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.
  • Net operating cash flow has significantly decreased to -$0.08 million or 103.94% when compared to the same quarter last year. In addition, when comparing to the industry average, the firm's growth rate is much lower.
  • Despite any intermediate fluctuations, we have only bad news to report on this stock's performance over the last year: it has tumbled by 25.65%, worse than the S&P 500's performance. Consistent with the plunge in the stock price, the company's earnings per share are down 100.00% compared to the year-earlier 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.

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

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