Gilead Sciences Inc (GILD): Today's Featured Drugs Winner

Gilead ( GILD) pushed the Drugs industry higher today making it today's featured drugs winner. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.8%. By the end of trading, Gilead rose 59 cents (1.1%) to $51.84 on average volume. Throughout the day, 9.5 million shares of Gilead exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 8.8 million shares. The stock ranged in a price between $51.19-$52.24 after having opened the day at $52.24 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $51.25. Other companies within the Drugs industry that increased today were: Arena Pharmaceuticals ( ARNA), up 72.7%, ProPhase Labs ( PRPH), up 53.4%, Repros Therapeutics ( RPRX), up 41.8%, and Orexigen Therapeutics ( OREX), up 19.1%.

Gilead Sciences, Inc., a biopharmaceutical company, discovers, develops, and commercializes human therapeutics for the treatment of life threatening diseases worldwide. Gilead has a market cap of $38.35 billion and is part of the health care sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 15.3, equal to the average drugs industry P/E ratio and below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 25.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 18 analysts that rate Gilead a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and five rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Gilead as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, solid stock price performance, reasonable valuation levels, expanding profit margins and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income.

On the negative front, Aoxing Pharmaceutical Company ( AXN), down 11.9%, Myrexis ( MYRX), down 8.9%, Ampio Pharmaceuticals ( AMPE), down 8.3%, and AVI BioPharma ( AVII), down 8.2%, were all losers within the drugs industry with Teva Pharmaceutical Industries ( TEVA) being today's drugs industry loser.

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).