Warner Chilcott PLC (WCRX): Today's Featured Drugs Winner

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Warner Chilcott ( WCRX) pushed the Drugs industry higher today making it today's featured drugs winner. The industry as a whole closed the day down 1.7%. By the end of trading, Warner Chilcott rose $0.22 (1.2%) to $18.76 on average volume. Throughout the day, 7,254,633 shares of Warner Chilcott exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 6,867,300 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $18.31-$18.98 after having opened the day at $18.51 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $18.54. Other companies within the Drugs industry that increased today were: Savient Pharmaceuticals ( SVNT), up 28.4%, Rexahn Pharmaceuticals ( RNN), up 20.0%, Hemispherx Biopharma ( HEB), up 15.9% and Atossa Genetics ( ATOS), up 13.5%.
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Warner Chilcott Public Limited Company, a specialty pharmaceutical company, engages in the development, manufacture, promotion, and franchise of branded pharmaceutical products focusing on the women's healthcare, gastroenterology, urology, and dermatology markets. Warner Chilcott has a market cap of $4.8 billion and is part of the health care sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 13.3, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 2.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 6 analysts that rate Warner Chilcott a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 5 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Warner Chilcott as a hold. Among the primary strengths of the company is its expanding profit margins over time. At the same time, however, we also find weaknesses including weak operating cash flow and a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself.

On the negative front, Affymax ( AFFY), down 23.1%, Skystar Bio-Pharmaceutical Company ( SKBI), down 16.9%, Novogen ( NVGN), down 13.2% and Zogenix ( ZGNX), down 11.6% , were all laggards within the drugs industry with Merck ( MRK) 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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