Vertex Pharmaceuticals (VRTX): Today's Featured Drugs Winner

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Vertex Pharmaceuticals ( VRTX) pushed the Drugs industry higher today making it today's featured drugs winner. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.6%. By the end of trading, Vertex Pharmaceuticals rose $1.18 (2.4%) to $49.51 on average volume. Throughout the day, 2.1 million shares of Vertex Pharmaceuticals exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.8 million shares. The stock ranged in a price between $48.10-$49.83 after having opened the day at $48.41 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $48.33. Other companies within the Drugs industry that increased today were: Osiris Therapeutics ( OSIR), up 35.3%, Vical Incorporated ( VICL), up 15.4%, Astex Pharmaceuticals ( ASTX), up 11.2%, and CytRx Corporation ( CYTR), up 10.3%.
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Vertex Pharmaceuticals Incorporated engages in discovering, developing, manufacturing, and commercializing small molecule drugs for the treatment of serious diseases worldwide. Vertex Pharmaceuticals has a market cap of $10.1 billion and is part of the health care sector. Shares are up 15.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 14 analysts that rate Vertex Pharmaceuticals a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and five rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Vertex 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 disappointing return on equity.

On the negative front, Aoxing Pharmaceutical Company ( AXN), down 20%, Opexa Therapeutics ( OPXA), down 14.9%, iBio ( IBIO), down 13.6%, and Acura Pharmaceuticals ( ACUR), down 12.2%, were all laggards within the drugs industry with Novo Nordisk A/S ( NVO) 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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