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Arena Pharmaceuticals

(

ARNA

) pushed the Drugs industry higher today making it today's featured drugs winner. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.1%. By the end of trading, Arena Pharmaceuticals rose 68 cents (7.9%) to $9.32 on average volume. Throughout the day, 22.1 million shares of Arena Pharmaceuticals exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 23.5 million shares. The stock ranged in a price between $8.71-$9.35 after having opened the day at $8.77 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $8.64. Other companies within the Drugs industry that increased today were:

Sarepta Therapeutics

(

SRPT

), up 13.8%,

Opexa Therapeutics

(

OPXA

), up 12.9%,

Cell Therapeutics

(

CTIC

), up 11.3%, and

Zalicus

(

ZLCS

), up 9.5%.

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Arena Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company, engages in discovering, developing, and commercializing oral drugs that target G protein-coupled receptors in the therapeutic areas of cardiovascular, central nervous system, inflammatory, and metabolic diseases. Arena Pharmaceuticals has a market cap of $1.45 billion and is part of the

health care

sector. Shares are up 362% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are two analysts that rate Arena Pharmaceuticals a buy, one analyst rates it a sell, and six rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Arena Pharmaceuticals as a

sell

. Among the areas we feel are negative, one of the most important has been poor profit margins.

On the negative front,

Peregrine Pharmaceuticals

(

PPHM

), down 15%,

Cormedix

(

CRMD

), down 10%,

Cyclacel Pharmaceuticals

(

CYCC

), down 9.5%, and

Tesaro

(

TSRO

), down 8.7%, were all laggards within the drugs industry with

Novartis

(

NVS

) being today's drugs industry laggard.

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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