Pfizer Inc (PFE): Today's Featured Drugs Winner

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Pfizer ( PFE) pushed the Drugs industry higher today making it today's featured drugs winner. The industry as a whole closed the day up 1.5%. By the end of trading, Pfizer rose 42 cents (1.5%) to $27.71 on average volume. Throughout the day, 28.1 million shares of Pfizer exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 32.5 million shares. The stock ranged in a price between $27.38-$27.71 after having opened the day at $27.40 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $27.29. Other companies within the Drugs industry that increased today were: Novogen ( NVGN), up 209.6%, Infinity Pharmaceuticals ( INFI), up 16.8%, China Biologic Products ( CBPO), up 11.9%, and Ventrus Biosciences ( VTUS), up 10.3%.
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Pfizer Inc., a biopharmaceutical company, engages in the discovery, development, manufacture, and sale of medicines for people and animals worldwide. Pfizer has a market cap of $200.92 billion and is part of the health care sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 21.7, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 8.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 14 analysts that rate Pfizer a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and two rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Pfizer 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, compelling growth in net income and expanding profit margins. 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 negative front, Catalyst Pharmaceutical Partners ( CPRX), down 10.4%, Cardiome Pharma Corporation ( CRME), down 9.4%, Apricus Biosciences ( APRI), down 9.2%, and Bacterin International Holdings ( BONE), down 8.2%, were all laggards within the drugs industry with Regeneron Pharmaceuticals ( REGN) 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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