Amgen Inc (AMGN): Today's Featured Health Care Winner

Amgen ( AMGN) pushed the Health Care sector higher today making it today's featured health care winner. The sector as a whole closed the day up 0.4%. By the end of trading, Amgen rose $1.50 (1.9%) to $78.76 on average volume. Throughout the day, 4.5 million shares of Amgen exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4.5 million shares. The stock ranged in a price between $77.62-$78.90 after having opened the day at $77.62 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $77.26. Other companies within the Health Care sector that increased today were: StemCells ( STEM), up 106.9%, Peregrine Pharmaceuticals ( PPHM), up 26.4%, Allos Therapeutics ( ALTH), up 21.7%, and Hemispherx Biopharma ( HEB), up 20.5%.

Amgen Inc., a biotechnology medicines company, discovers, develops, manufactures, and markets human therapeutics based on advances in cellular and molecular biology for grievous illnesses primarily in the United States, Europe, and Canada. Amgen has a market cap of $59.85 billion and is part of the drugs industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 17.8, equal to the average drugs industry P/E ratio and above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 20.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 10 analysts that rate Amgen a buy, one analyst rates it a sell, and 13 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Amgen as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, solid stock price performance, notable return on equity, attractive valuation levels and increase in net income. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow.

On the negative front, Savient Pharmaceuticals ( SVNT), down 15.5%, CombiMatrix Corporation ( CBMX), down 14.9%, Sunshine Heart ( SSH), down 14.8%, and IsoRay ( ISR), down 14.6%, were all losers within the health care sector with Cigna ( CI) 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).

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