Regeneron Pharmaceuticals Inc. (REGN): Today's Featured Drugs Winner

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Regeneron Pharmaceuticals ( REGN) pushed the Drugs industry higher today making it today's featured drugs winner. The industry as a whole closed the day up 1.3%. By the end of trading, Regeneron Pharmaceuticals rose $22.53 (9.8%) to $252.17 on average volume. Throughout the day, 1,373,262 shares of Regeneron Pharmaceuticals exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1,123,500 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $229.67-$252.50 after having opened the day at $230.23 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $229.64. Other companies within the Drugs industry that increased today were: Skystar Bio-Pharmaceutical Company ( SKBI), up 20.3%, Synthetic Biologics ( SYN), up 19.4%, Chelsea Therapeutics International ( CHTP), up 13.3% and Durect Corporation ( DRRX), up 12.9%.
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Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a biopharmaceutical company, discovers, invents, develops, manufactures, and commercializes medicines for the treatment of serious medical conditions in the United States and internationally. Regeneron Pharmaceuticals has a market cap of $22.3 billion and is part of the health care sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 30.9, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 34.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 10 analysts that rate Regeneron Pharmaceuticals a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 6 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Regeneron 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, notable return on equity, solid stock price performance and compelling growth in net income. Although no company is perfect, currently we do not see any significant weaknesses which are likely to detract from the generally positive outlook.

On the negative front, Senesco Technologies ( SNTI), down 12.5%, Vanda Pharmaceuticals ( VNDA), down 11.0%, Vermillion ( VRML), down 9.8% and Hemispherx Biopharma ( HEB), down 9.4% , were all laggards within the drugs industry with Infinity Pharmaceuticals ( INFI) 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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