3 Drugs Stocks Nudging The Industry Higher

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All three major indices traded up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 212 points (1.2%) at 17,885 as of Thursday, Feb. 5, 2015, 4:20 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 2,364 issues advancing vs. 754 declining with 102 unchanged.

The Drugs industry as a whole closed the day up 2.3% versus the S&P 500, which was up 1.0%. Top gainers within the Drugs industry included Reliv' International ( RELV), up 3.3%, XTL Biopharmaceuticals ( XTLB), up 2.7%, China Pharma ( CPHI), up 2.9%, Aoxing Pharmaceutical ( AXN), up 3.6% and Tianyin Pharmaceutical ( TPI), up 4.2%.

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

China Pharma ( CPHI) is one of the companies that pushed the Drugs industry higher today. China Pharma was up $0.01 (2.9%) to $0.28 on average volume. Throughout the day, 85,856 shares of China Pharma exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 68,700 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $0.27-$0.30 after having opened the day at $0.29 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $0.27.

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 health care sector. Shares are down 6.7% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are no analysts who rate China Pharma a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

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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 poor profit margins.

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 174.9% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, falling from -$2.30 million to -$6.33 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 $0.18 million or 71.56% 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.
  • The gross profit margin for CHINA PHARMA HOLDINGS INC is currently lower than what is desirable, coming in at 34.60%. Regardless of CPHI's low profit margin, it has managed to increase from the same period last year. Despite the mixed results of the gross profit margin, CPHI's net profit margin of -113.66% significantly underperformed when compared to the industry average.

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

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At the close, XTL Biopharmaceuticals ( XTLB) was up $0.06 (2.7%) to $2.10 on light volume. Throughout the day, 3,500 shares of XTL Biopharmaceuticals exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 8,700 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $2.10-$2.15 after having opened the day at $2.13 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $2.05.

XTL Biopharmaceuticals Ltd., a biopharmaceutical company, is engaged in the acquisition and development of pharmaceutical products for the treatment of unmet medical needs. XTL Biopharmaceuticals has a market cap of $23.5 million and is part of the health care sector. Shares are up 3.4% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are no analysts who rate XTL Biopharmaceuticals a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

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TheStreet Ratings rates XTL Biopharmaceuticals 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 XTLB go as follows:

  • XTL BIOPHARMACEUTICALS 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, XTL BIOPHARMACEUTICALS reported poor results of -$0.22 versus -$0.13 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 Biotechnology industry. The net income has significantly decreased by 192.9% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, falling from $0.55 million to -$0.51 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 Biotechnology industry and the overall market, XTL BIOPHARMACEUTICALS's return on equity significantly trails that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
  • Despite any intermediate fluctuations, we have only bad news to report on this stock's performance over the last year: it has tumbled by 44.45%, worse than the S&P 500's performance. Consistent with the plunge in the stock price, the company's earnings per share are down 200.00% 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.
  • The gross profit margin for XTL BIOPHARMACEUTICALS is rather high; currently it is at 61.67%. Despite the high profit margin, it has decreased significantly from the same period last year. Despite the mixed results of the gross profit margin, XTLB's net profit margin of -177.70% significantly underperformed when compared to the industry average.

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

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Reliv' International ( RELV) was another company that pushed the Drugs industry higher today. Reliv' International was up $0.04 (3.3%) to $1.21 on light volume. Throughout the day, 6,030 shares of Reliv' International exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 14,600 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $1.14-$1.21 after having opened the day at $1.15 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $1.17.

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 $14.9 million and is part of the health care sector. Shares are up 0.1% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are no analysts who rate Reliv' International a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Reliv' International as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its expanding profit margins and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself, feeble growth in the company's earnings per share and deteriorating net income.

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on RELV go as follows:

  • The gross profit margin for RELIV INTERNATIONAL INC is currently very high, coming in at 80.94%. 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 1.15% trails the industry average.
  • Although RELV's debt-to-equity ratio of 0.27 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 0.87 is somewhat weak and could be cause for future problems.
  • RELV, with its decline in revenue, underperformed when compared the industry average of 5.7%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues fell by 13.4%. The declining revenue appears to have seeped down to the company's bottom line, decreasing earnings per share.
  • RELIV INTERNATIONAL INC's earnings per share declined by 50.0% in the most recent quarter compared to 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, RELIV INTERNATIONAL INC reported lower earnings of $0.06 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 Personal Products industry. The net income has significantly decreased by 43.3% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, falling from $0.29 million to $0.17 million.

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

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