Alexion Pharmaceuticals Inc. (ALXN): Today's Featured Drugs Laggard

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Alexion Pharmaceuticals ( ALXN) pushed the Drugs industry lower today making it today's featured Drugs laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day up 1.0%. By the end of trading, Alexion Pharmaceuticals fell $2.15 (-2.3%) to $90.45 on average volume. Throughout the day, 2,626,691 shares of Alexion Pharmaceuticals exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1,925,200 shares. The stock ranged in price between $88.86-$93.17 after having opened the day at $92.61 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $92.60. Other companies within the Drugs industry that declined today were: Oxygen Biotherapeutics ( OXBT), down 8.4%, Biostar Pharmaceuticals ( BSPM), down 8.3%, Anacor Pharmaceuticals ( ANAC), down 7.9% and Bacterin International Holdings ( BONE), down 7.1%.
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Alexion Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a biopharmaceutical company, engages in the development and commercialization of life-transforming therapeutic products. Alexion Pharmaceuticals has a market cap of $17.9 billion and is part of the health care sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 71.9, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 1.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday.

TheStreet Ratings rates Alexion Pharmaceuticals as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, expanding profit margins, good cash flow from operations and impressive record of earnings per share growth. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat disappointing return on equity.

On the positive front, ARCA biopharma ( ABIO), down 47.2%, Tranzyme ( TZYM), down 25.7%, Catalyst Pharmaceutical Partners ( CPRX), down 20.2% and MediciNova ( MNOV), down 12.6% , were all gainers within the drugs industry with Pharmacyclics Incorporated ( PCYC) being today's featured drugs industry leader.

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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