Editor's Note: TheStreet ratings do not represent the views of TheStreet's staff or its contributors. Ratings are established by computer based on metrics for performance (which includes growth, stock performance, efficiency and valuation) and risk (volatility and solvency). Companies with poor cash flow or high debt levels tend to earn lower ratings in our model. Merck ( MRK) pushed the Drugs industry higher today making it today's featured drugs winner. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.5%. By the end of trading, Merck rose 56 cents (1.3%) to $44.91 on average volume. Throughout the day, 12.7 million shares of Merck exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 16.6 million shares. The stock ranged in a price between $44.42-$45 after having opened the day at $44.51 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $44.35. Other companies within the Drugs industry that increased today were: Optimer Pharmaceuticals ( OPTR), up 19.2%, Obagi Medical Products ( OMPI), up 16.1%, Idera Pharmaceuticals ( IDRA), up 11.4%, and Astex Pharmaceuticals ( ASTX), up 10.5%.
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