Abbott Laboratories (ABT): Today's Featured Drugs Winner

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Abbott Laboratories ( ABT) pushed the Drugs industry higher today making it today's featured drugs winner. The industry as a whole closed the day down 0.2%. By the end of trading, Abbott Laboratories rose 38 cents (1.1%) to $35.08 on light volume. Throughout the day, 10 million shares of Abbott Laboratories exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 14.2 million shares. The stock ranged in a price between $34.78-$35.10 after having opened the day at $34.84 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $34.70. Other companies within the Drugs industry that increased today were: Pharmacyclics Incorporated ( PCYC), up 8.5%, Lannett Incorporated ( LCI), up 8.4%, MediciNova ( MNOV), up 8.3%, and PharmAthene ( PIP), up 7.4%.
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Abbott Laboratories engages in the discovery, development, manufacture, and sale of health care products worldwide. Abbott Laboratories has a market cap of $54.47 billion and is part of the health care sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 6.8, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 5.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are eight analysts that rate Abbott Laboratories a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 10 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Abbott Laboratories as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth and expanding profit margins. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including unimpressive growth in net income, a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself and feeble growth in the company's earnings per share.

On the negative front, Amicus Therapeutics ( FOLD), down 25.7%, ARCA biopharma ( ABIO), down 15.8%, Pacific Biosciences of California ( PACB), down 6%, and AVEO Pharmaceuticals ( AVEO), down 5.9%, were all laggards within the drugs industry with Amgen ( AMGN) 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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