The

drugs

industry was unchanged today.

Zalicus Inc

(

ZLCS

),

iBio Inc

(

IBIO

),

Cormedix Inc

(

CRMD

), and

pSivida

(

PSDV

) were all winners today within the drugs industry with

Pfizer Inc

(

PFE

) being today's featured drugs winner. Pfizer Inc rose 16 cents (0.8%) to $19.82 on light volume. Throughout the day, 36.4 million shares of Pfizer Inc exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 53.1 million shares.

Pfizer Inc., a biopharmaceutical company, offers prescription medicines for humans and animals worldwide. Pfizer Inc has a market cap of $150.4 billion and is part of the

health care

sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 18, above the average drugs industry P/E ratio of 17.9 and above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 13.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday.

TheStreet Ratings rates Pfizer as a

buy

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, good cash flow from operations, expanding profit margins, solid stock price performance and growth in earnings per share. Although no company is perfect, currently we do not see any significant weaknesses which are likely to detract from the generally positive outlook.

On the negative front,

Catalyst Pharmaceutical Partners Inc

(

CPRX

),

MediciNova Inc

(

MNOV

),

Novogen

(

NVGN

), and

Anthera Pharmaceuticals Inc

(

ANTH

) were all losers within the drugs industry with

Vertex Pharmaceuticals

(

VRTX

) being today's drugs industry Loser Spotlight stock.

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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