The drugs industry closed the day up 1.8%. Horizon Pharma Inc ( HZNP), Pacific Biosciences of California Inc ( PACB), Anthera Pharmaceuticals Inc ( ANTH), and BioTime Inc ( BTX) were all winners today within the drugs industry with Pfizer Inc ( PFE) being today's featured drugs winner. Pfizer Inc rose 33 cents (1.8%) to $19.06 on average volume. Throughout the day, 46.3 million shares of Pfizer Inc exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 53.4 million shares.

Pfizer Inc., a biopharmaceutical company, offers prescription medicines for humans and animals worldwide. Pfizer Inc has a market cap of $146.8 billion and is part of the health care sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 17.6, above the average drugs industry P/E ratio of 17.4 and below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 7% 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, growth in earnings per share and solid stock price performance. 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, China Biologic Products Inc ( CBPO), Senesco Technologies Inc ( SNT), Bionovo Inc ( BNVI), and Biostar Pharmaceuticals Inc ( BSPM) were all losers within the drugs industry with Pharmasset Inc ( VRUS) 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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