Sanofi (SNY): Today's Featured Drugs Winner

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Sanofi ( SNY) pushed the Drugs industry higher today making it today's featured drugs winner. The industry as a whole closed the day up 1.1%. By the end of trading, Sanofi rose 80 cents (1.7%) to $49.09 on light volume. Throughout the day, 862,850 shares of Sanofi exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.9 million shares. The stock ranged in a price between $48.78-$49.30 after having opened the day at $48.80 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $48.29. Other companies within the Drugs industry that increased today were: Affymax ( AFFY), up 53.7%, Durect Corporation ( DRRX), up 16.4%, Opexa Therapeutics ( OPXA), up 14.4%, and Northwest Biotherapeutics ( NWBO), up 12.3%.
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Sanofi researches, develops, manufactures, and markets healthcare products worldwide. Sanofi has a market cap of $127.98 billion and is part of the health care sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 26, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 1.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are nine analysts that rate Sanofi a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Sanofi as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, reasonable valuation levels, solid stock price performance and expanding profit margins. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income.

On the negative front, Inovio Pharmaceuticals ( INO), down 24.6%, CytRx Corporation ( CYTR), down 10.5%, Acura Pharmaceuticals ( ACUR), down 8.6%, and POZEN ( POZN), down 7.5%, 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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