Sanofi (SNY): Today's Featured Drugs Laggard

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Sanofi ( SNY) pushed the Drugs industry lower today making it today's featured Drugs laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day up 1.9%. By the end of trading, Sanofi fell $0.56 (-1.1%) to $48.20 on light volume. Throughout the day, 1,120,512 shares of Sanofi exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1,761,900 shares. The stock ranged in price between $47.93-$48.52 after having opened the day at $48.09 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $48.76. Other companies within the Drugs industry that declined today were: Biodel ( BIOD), down 29.8%, Nymox Pharmaceutical Corporation ( NYMX), down 9.3%, Inovio Pharmaceuticals ( INO), down 8.6% and Cardium Therapeutics ( CXM), down 7.9%.

Sanofi researches, develops, manufactures, and markets healthcare products worldwide. The company operates through Pharmaceuticals, Human Vaccines, and Animal Health segments. Sanofi has a market cap of $127.5 billion and is part of the health care sector. Shares are up 2.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 4 analysts that rate Sanofi a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 2 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Sanofi as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, expanding profit margins and increase in stock price during the past year. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income.

On the positive front, GW Pharmaceuticals PLC ADR ( GWPH), up 53.7%, Neuralstem ( CUR), up 18.4%, Chimerix ( CMRX), up 16.7% and Receptos ( RCPT), up 14.4% , were all gainers within the drugs industry with Gilead ( GILD) 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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