Valeant Pharmaceuticals International Inc (VRX): Today's Featured Drugs Winner

The drugs industry closed the day down 0.9%. Cormedix Inc ( CRMD), Cyclacel Pharmaceuticals Inc ( CYCC), iBio Inc ( IBIO), and OxiGene Inc ( OXGN) were all winners today within the drugs industry with Valeant Pharmaceuticals International Inc ( VRX) being today's featured drugs winner. Valeant Pharmaceuticals International Inc rose $1.05 (2.9%) to $37.18 on average volume. Throughout the day, 2.8 million shares of Valeant Pharmaceuticals International Inc exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.5 million shares.

Valeant Pharmaceuticals International, Inc., a specialty pharmaceutical company, develops, manufactures, and markets pharmaceutical products in the areas of neurology, dermatology, and branded generics. Its product portfolio comprises approximately 490 products. Valeant Pharmaceuticals International Inc has a market cap of $10.8 billion and is part of the health care sector. Shares are up 27.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday.

TheStreet Ratings rates Valeant Pharmaceuticals International as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, solid stock price performance and increase in net income. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including feeble growth in the company's earnings per share and disappointing return on equity.

On the negative front, Agenus Inc ( AGEND), Agenus Inc ( AGEN), Telik Inc ( TELK), and Pacific Biosciences of California Inc ( PACB) were all losers within the drugs industry with Teva Pharmaceutical Industries ( TEVA) 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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