Bristol-Myers Squibb Company (BMY): Today's Featured Drugs Winner

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Bristol-Myers Squibb Company ( BMY) pushed the Drugs industry higher today making it today's featured drugs winner. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.3%. By the end of trading, Bristol-Myers Squibb Company rose 46 cents (1.3%) to $36.58 on average volume. Throughout the day, 7.3 million shares of Bristol-Myers Squibb Company exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of nine million shares. The stock ranged in a price between $36.04-$36.70 after having opened the day at $36.06 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $36.12. Other companies within the Drugs industry that increased today were: Discovery Laboratories ( DSCO), up 23.6%, Siga Technologies ( SIGA), up 14%, MEI Pharma ( MEIP), up 12.4%, and Galectin Therapeutics ( GALT), up 11.9%.
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Bristol-Myers Squibb Company, a biopharmaceutical company, discovers, develops, licenses, manufactures, markets, distributes, and sells biopharmaceutical products that help patients prevail over serious diseases worldwide. Bristol-Myers Squibb Company has a market cap of $60.28 billion and is part of the health care sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 18.4, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 12.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are seven analysts that rate Bristol-Myers Squibb Company a buy, one analyst rates it a sell, and 12 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Bristol-Myers Squibb Company as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, growth in earnings per share, expanding profit margins and increase in net income. Although the company may harbor some minor weaknesses, we feel they are unlikely to have a significant impact on results.

On the negative front, Hospira ( HSP), down 8%, Affymax ( AFFY), down 6.9%, Tranzyme ( TZYM), down 6.9%, and Shire ( SHPG), down 6.7%, were all laggards within the drugs industry with Vertex Pharmaceuticals ( VRTX) being today's drugs industry laggard.

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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