Gilead Sciences Inc (GILD): Today's Featured Drugs Winner

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Gilead ( GILD) pushed the Drugs industry higher today making it today's featured drugs winner. The industry as a whole closed the day down 0.6%. By the end of trading, Gilead rose $0.76 (1.3%) to $59.88 on average volume. Throughout the day, 9,513,871 shares of Gilead exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 11,173,500 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $59.05-$60.13 after having opened the day at $59.71 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $59.12. Other companies within the Drugs industry that increased today were: Cormedix ( CRMD), up 14.5%, ImmunoCellular Therapeutics ( IMUC), up 13.0%, Transition Therapeutics ( TTHI), up 11.8% and Illumina ( ILMN), up 10.6%.

Gilead Sciences, Inc., a biopharmaceutical company, discovers, develops, and commercializes human therapeutics for the treatment of life threatening diseases in North America, Europe, and Asia. Gilead has a market cap of $91.1 billion and is part of the health care sector. Shares are up 62.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 18 analysts that rate Gilead a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 2 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Gilead as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its increase in net income, revenue growth, solid stock price performance, reasonable valuation levels and good cash flow from operations. Although the company may harbor some minor weaknesses, we feel they are unlikely to have a significant impact on results.

On the negative front, Mast Therapeutics ( MSTX), down 35.9%, Sarepta Therapeutics ( SRPT), down 18.9%, Neostem ( NBS), down 15.6% and OncoMed Pharmaceuticals ( OMED), down 12.2% , were all laggards within the drugs industry with Bristol-Myers Squibb Company ( BMY) 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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