Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd (TEVA): Today's Featured Drugs Winner

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Teva Pharmaceutical Industries ( TEVA) 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, Teva Pharmaceutical Industries rose $0.79 (2.1%) to $38.66 on average volume. Throughout the day, 5,170,152 shares of Teva Pharmaceutical Industries exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4,517,700 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $37.89-$39.00 after having opened the day at $37.89 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $37.87. Other companies within the Drugs industry that increased today were: Insmed ( INSM), up 17.6%, Sucampo Pharmaceuticals Inc. A ( SCMP), up 16.7%, Biocryst Pharmaceuticals ( BCRX), up 11.7% and Neuralstem ( CUR), up 9.6%.
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Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Limited develops, manufactures, markets, and distributes pharmaceutical products worldwide. Teva Pharmaceutical Industries has a market cap of $32.4 billion and is part of the health care sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 16.8, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 1.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday.

TheStreet Ratings rates Teva Pharmaceutical Industries as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its reasonable valuation levels, good cash flow from operations and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including deteriorating net income, disappointing return on equity and a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself.

On the negative front, Enzon Pharmaceuticals ( ENZN), down 11.2%, China Pharma ( CPHI), down 9.9%, Merrimack Pharmaceuticals ( MACK), down 7.8% and Cumberland Pharmaceuticals ( CPIX), down 7.3% , were all laggards within the drugs industry with Pfizer ( PFE) 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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