Editor's Note: TheStreet ratings do not represent the views of TheStreet's staff or its contributors. Ratings are established by computer based on metrics for performance (which includes growth, stock performance, efficiency and valuation) and risk (volatility and solvency). Companies with poor cash flow or high debt levels tend to earn lower ratings in our model. Vertex Pharmaceuticals ( VRTX) pushed the Drugs industry higher today making it today's featured drugs winner. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.5%. By the end of trading, Vertex Pharmaceuticals rose $1.44 (3.4%) to $43.25 on light volume. Throughout the day, 1.7 million shares of Vertex Pharmaceuticals exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.4 million shares. The stock ranged in a price between $41.92-$43.37 after having opened the day at $41.92 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $41.81. Other companies within the Drugs industry that increased today were: Opexa Therapeutics ( OPXA), up 25%, Vanda Pharmaceuticals ( VNDA), up 18.6%, Aoxing Pharmaceutical Company ( AXN), up 14.8%, and MEI Pharma ( MEIP), up 14.6%.
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