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ACADIA Pharmaceuticals Inc. (ACAD): Today's Featured Drugs Laggard

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ACADIA Pharmaceuticals ( ACAD) pushed the Drugs industry lower today making it today's featured Drugs laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.2%. By the end of trading, ACADIA Pharmaceuticals fell $0.41 (-2.1%) to $18.63 on light volume. Throughout the day, 1,124,880 shares of ACADIA Pharmaceuticals exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3,426,700 shares. The stock ranged in price between $18.50-$19.06 after having opened the day at $18.94 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $19.04. Other companies within the Drugs industry that declined today were: Mast Therapeutics ( MSTX), down 37.2%, IntelliPharmaCeutics International ( IPCI), down 20.4%, Pernix Therapeutics Holdings ( PTX), down 16.9% and Abaxis ( ABAX), down 16.1%.

ACADIA Pharmaceuticals Inc., a biopharmaceutical company, focuses on small molecule drugs that address unmet medical needs in neurological and related central nervous system disorders. ACADIA Pharmaceuticals has a market cap of $1.7 billion and is part of the health care sector. Shares are up 309.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 8 analysts that rate ACADIA Pharmaceuticals a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates ACADIA Pharmaceuticals as a sell. Among the areas we feel are negative, one of the most important has been weak operating cash flow.

On the positive front, Senesco Technologies ( SNTI), up 56.1%, Gentium SpA ( GENT), up 49.7%, GW Pharmaceuticals PLC ADR ( GWPH), up 24.7% and Idera Pharmaceuticals ( IDRA), up 16.3% , were all gainers within the drugs industry with Novo Nordisk A/S ( NVO) being today's featured drugs industry leader.

For investors not wanting singular stock exposure, ETFs may be of interest. Investors who are bullish on the drugs industry could consider SPDR S&P Pharmaceuticals ETF ( XPH) while those bearish on the drugs industry could consider ProShares UltraShort Nasdaq Biotech ( BIS).

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