Bristol-Myers Squibb Company (BMY): Today's Featured Drugs Laggard

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Bristol-Myers Squibb Company ( BMY) pushed the Drugs industry lower today making it today's featured Drugs laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day down 0.9%. By the end of trading, Bristol-Myers Squibb Company fell $0.58 (-1.3%) to $43.11 on light volume. Throughout the day, 6,162,149 shares of Bristol-Myers Squibb Company exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 10,451,400 shares. The stock ranged in price between $43.01-$43.45 after having opened the day at $43.39 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $43.69. Other companies within the Drugs industry that declined today were: Biota Pharmaceuticals ( BOTA), down 62.7%, Vical Incorporated ( VICL), down 57.3%, Mast Therapeutics ( MSTX), down 41.4% and Inovio Pharmaceuticals ( INO), down 21.4%.

Bristol-Myers Squibb Company, a biopharmaceutical company, discovers, develops, licenses, manufactures, markets, distributes, and sells biopharmaceutical products that help patients prevail over serious diseases worldwide. Bristol-Myers Squibb Company has a market cap of $72.4 billion and is part of the health care sector. Shares are up 34.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 6 analysts that rate Bristol-Myers Squibb Company a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 12 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Bristol-Myers Squibb Company as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its good cash flow from operations, expanding profit margins, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and solid stock price performance. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income.

On the positive front, Galectin Therapeutics ( GALT), up 21.7%, Savient Pharmaceuticals ( SVNT), up 18.6%, GW Pharmaceuticals PLC ADR ( GWPH), up 14.8% and ZIOPHARM Oncology ( ZIOP), up 10.4% , were all gainers within the drugs industry with Jazz Pharmaceuticals ( JAZZ) 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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