Regeneron Pharmaceuticals Inc. (REGN): Today's Featured Drugs Laggard

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Regeneron Pharmaceuticals ( REGN) pushed the Drugs industry lower today making it today's featured Drugs laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day down 0.2%. By the end of trading, Regeneron Pharmaceuticals fell $3.02 (-1.7%) to $173.14 on average volume. Throughout the day, 792,837 shares of Regeneron Pharmaceuticals exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 847,800 shares. The stock ranged in price between $172.17-$177.84 after having opened the day at $175.46 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $176.16. Other companies within the Drugs industry that declined today were: Dyax Corporation ( DYAX), down 6.1%, Keryx Biopharmaceuticals ( KERX), down 6%, Oncothyreon ( ONTY), down 5.8%, and Inovio Pharmaceuticals ( INO), down 5.8%.
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Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a biopharmaceutical company, discovers, develops, and commercializes medicines for the treatment of serious medical conditions in the United States. Regeneron Pharmaceuticals has a market cap of $16.54 billion and is part of the health care sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 88.9, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 2.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are seven analysts that rate Regeneron Pharmaceuticals a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and six rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Regeneron Pharmaceuticals as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, notable return on equity, expanding profit margins and good cash flow from operations. Although no company is perfect, currently we do not see any significant weaknesses which are likely to detract from the generally positive outlook.

On the positive front, Aoxing Pharmaceutical Company ( AXN), up 14.3%, Synthetic Biologics ( SYN), up 13.9%, Biodel ( BIOD), up 13.6%, and Neptune Technologies & Bioressources ( NEPT), up 7.8%, were all gainers within the drugs industry with Biogen Idec ( BIIB) 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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