Shire PLC (SHPG): Today's Featured Drugs Winner

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Shire ( SHPG) pushed the Drugs industry higher today making it today's featured drugs winner. The industry as a whole closed the day down 0.4%. By the end of trading, Shire rose $1.66 (1.9%) to $90.14 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 835,925 shares of Shire exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 351,200 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $89.70-$90.42 after having opened the day at $89.91 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $88.48. Other companies within the Drugs industry that increased today were: Catalyst Pharmaceutical Partners ( CPRX), up 19.1%, Theravance ( THRX), up 16.2%, Aoxing Pharmaceutical Company ( AXN), up 15.9% and Cardiome Pharma Corporation ( CRME), up 13.7%.
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Shire plc, a specialty biopharmaceutical company, engages in the research and development, manufacture, sale, and distribution of pharmaceutical products. It operates in three segments: Specialty Pharmaceuticals (SP), Human Genetic Therapies (HGT), and Regenerative Medicine (RM). Shire has a market cap of $16.8 billion and is part of the health care sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 22.8, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 2.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday.

TheStreet Ratings rates Shire 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 and expanding profit margins. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had lackluster performance in the stock itself.

On the negative front, Cardium Therapeutics ( CXM), down 16.9%, Exact Sciences Corporation ( EXAS), down 11.4%, Sinovac Biotech ( SVA), down 9.9% and Acura Pharmaceuticals ( ACUR), down 8.3% , were all laggards within the drugs industry with Gilead ( GILD) 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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