Pfizer Inc (PFE): Today's Featured Drugs Laggard

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Pfizer ( PFE) pushed the Drugs industry lower today making it today's featured Drugs laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day down 0.5%. By the end of trading, Pfizer fell $0.43 (-1.5%) to $28.37 on light volume. Throughout the day, 28,156,748 shares of Pfizer exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 60,058,900 shares. The stock ranged in price between $28.29-$28.68 after having opened the day at $28.65 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $28.80. Other companies within the Drugs industry that declined today were: Mast Therapeutics ( MSTX), down 44.1%, Sophiris Bio ( SPHS), down 17.0%, MannKind Corporation ( MNKD), down 13.1% and Skystar Bio-Pharmaceutical Company ( SKBI), down 9.8%.

Pfizer Inc., a biopharmaceutical company, discovers, develops, manufactures, and sells medicines for people and animals worldwide. Pfizer has a market cap of $192.2 billion and is part of the health care sector. Shares are up 14.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 10 analysts that rate Pfizer a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 3 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Pfizer 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 and expanding profit margins. 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 positive front, Pain Therapeutics ( PTIE), up 35.8%, Durect Corporation ( DRRX), up 17.1%, GW Pharmaceuticals PLC ADR ( GWPH), up 12.0% and Prana Biotechnology ( PRAN), up 10.7% , were all gainers within the drugs industry with Shire ( SHPG) 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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