GlaxoSmithKline PLC (GSK): Today's Featured Health Care Winner

GlaxoSmithKline ( GSK) pushed the Health Care sector higher today making it today's featured health care winner. The sector as a whole closed the day up 0.9%. By the end of trading, GlaxoSmithKline rose 49 cents (1.1%) to $46.57 on average volume. Throughout the day, two million shares of GlaxoSmithKline exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.3 million shares. The stock ranged in a price between $45.85-$46.78 after having opened the day at $46.03 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $46.08. Other companies within the Health Care sector that increased today were: Vertex Pharmaceuticals ( VRTX), up 55.4%, Insmed ( INSM), up 51.9%, Escalon Medical Corporation ( ESMC), up 33.3%, and Graymark Healthcare ( GRMH), up 28.2%.

GlaxoSmithKline plc, together with its subsidiaries, engages in the discovery, development, manufacture, and marketing of pharmaceutical products, over the counter (OTC) medicines, and health-related consumer products worldwide. GlaxoSmithKline has a market cap of $118.41 billion and is part of the drugs industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 14.1, below the average drugs industry P/E ratio of 14.6 and below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 1% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are five analysts that rate GlaxoSmithKline a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and three rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates GlaxoSmithKline as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, notable return on equity, solid stock price performance, impressive record of earnings per share growth and compelling growth in net income. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had generally poor debt management on most measures that we evaluated.

On the negative front, PetMed Express ( PETS), down 19.6%, NeurogesX ( NGSX), down 13.3%, Prima Biomed Ltd. ADR ( PBMD), down 11.5%, and Amyris ( AMRS), down 9.5%, were all losers within the health care sector with Mednax ( MD) being today's health care sector loser.

For investors not wanting singular stock exposure, ETFs may be of interest. Investors who are bullish on the health care sector could consider Health Care Select Sector SPDR ( XLV) while those bearish on the health care sector could consider ProShares Ultra Short Health Care ( RXD).