Ariad Pharmaceuticals (ARIA): Today's Featured Drugs Laggard

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Ariad Pharmaceuticals ( ARIA) pushed the Drugs industry lower today making it today's featured Drugs laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.8%. By the end of trading, Ariad Pharmaceuticals fell 36 cents (-1.7%) to $20.38 on average volume. Throughout the day, 2.1 million shares of Ariad Pharmaceuticals exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.6 million shares. The stock ranged in price between $20.14-$20.70 after having opened the day at $20.60 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $20.74. Other companies within the Drugs industry that declined today were: Arena Pharmaceuticals ( ARNA), down 9.7%, Albany Molecular Research ( AMRI), down 7.2%, Impax Laboratories ( IPXL), down 7.1%, and Echo Therapeutics ( ECTE), down 6.7%.
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ARIAD Pharmaceuticals, Inc., an oncology company, focuses on the discovery, development, and commercialization of medicines for cancer patients. Ariad Pharmaceuticals has a market cap of $3.46 billion and is part of the health care sector. Shares are up 8.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 13 analysts that rate Ariad Pharmaceuticals a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and two rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Ariad Pharmaceuticals as a sell. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its feeble growth in its earnings per share, deteriorating net income and weak operating cash flow.

On the positive front, Aoxing Pharmaceutical Company ( AXN), up 21.7%, Oxygen Biotherapeutics ( OXBT), up 18.5%, Keryx Biopharmaceuticals ( KERX), up 15.9%, and Galectin Therapeutics ( GALT), up 13.8%, were all gainers within the drugs industry with Amgen ( AMGN) 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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