GlaxoSmithKline PLC (GSK): Today's Featured Drugs Laggard

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GlaxoSmithKline ( GSK) pushed the Drugs industry lower today making it today's featured Drugs laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.7%. By the end of trading, GlaxoSmithKline fell 44 cents (-1%) to $42.73 on average volume. Throughout the day, 2.4 million shares of GlaxoSmithKline exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.1 million shares. The stock ranged in price between $42.56-$42.89 after having opened the day at $42.87 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $43.17. Other companies within the Drugs industry that declined today were: Palatin Technologies ( PTN), down 13.2%, Oxygen Biotherapeutics ( OXBT), down 11.1%, IntelliPharmaCeutics International ( IPCI), down 8.3%, and Alexza Pharmaceuticals ( ALXA), down 8.3%.
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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 $107.45 billion and is part of the health care sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 12.8, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 6.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are two analysts that rate GlaxoSmithKline a buy, one analyst rates it a sell, and seven 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 and expanding profit margins. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had generally high debt management risk by most measures that we evaluated.

On the positive front, EntreMed ( ENMD), up 24.5%, AcelRx Pharmaceuticals ( ACRX), up 19.8%, Cormedix ( CRMD), up 19.1%, and Galectin Therapeutics ( GALT), up 18.3%, were all gainers within the drugs industry with Teva Pharmaceutical Industries ( TEVA) being today's featured drugs industry leader.

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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