Amgen Inc (AMGN): Today's Featured Drugs Laggard

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Amgen ( AMGN) pushed the Drugs industry lower today making it today's featured Drugs laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.6%. By the end of trading, Amgen fell $1.40 (-1.4%) to $99.13 on average volume. Throughout the day, 4,903,758 shares of Amgen exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3,979,300 shares. The stock ranged in price between $97.22-$101.25 after having opened the day at $100.61 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $100.53. Other companies within the Drugs industry that declined today were: Infinity Pharmaceuticals ( INFI), down 39.1%, Synta Pharmaceuticals ( SNTA), down 34.0%, Affymax ( AFFY), down 18.3% and Vermillion ( VRML), down 14.1%.
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Amgen Inc., a biotechnology medicines company, engages in the discovery, development, manufacture, and marketing of human therapeutic products in the areas of supportive cancer care, inflammation, nephrology, and bone diseases primarily in the United States, Europe, and Canada. Amgen has a market cap of $78.9 billion and is part of the health care sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 17.8, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. The company has a P/E ratio of 17.8, equal to the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 22.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 10 analysts that rate Amgen a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 13 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Amgen as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income, revenue growth and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had generally high debt management risk by most measures that we evaluated.

On the positive front, Clovis Oncology ( CLVS), down 103.9%, Tesaro ( TSRO), down 35.1%, Chelsea Therapeutics International ( CHTP), down 22.3% and Flamel Technologies ( FLML), down 18.3% , were all gainers within the drugs industry with Questcor Pharmaceuticals ( QCOR) 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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