Johnson & Johnson (JNJ): Today's Featured Drugs Winner

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Johnson & Johnson ( JNJ) pushed the Drugs industry higher today making it today's featured drugs winner. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.3%. By the end of trading, Johnson & Johnson rose $1.47 (1.6%) to $94.44 on average volume. Throughout the day, 7,177,131 shares of Johnson & Johnson exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 7,297,300 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $93.42-$94.48 after having opened the day at $93.57 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $92.97. Other companies within the Drugs industry that increased today were: Tonix Pharmaceuticals ( TNXP), up 30.6%, Auxilium Pharmaceuticals ( AUXL), up 11.9%, Puma Biotechnology ( PBYI), up 11.7% and Cormedix ( CRMD), up 11.4%.

Johnson & Johnson, together with its subsidiaries, engages in the research and development, manufacture, and sale of various products in the health care field worldwide. The company operates in three segments: Consumer, Pharmaceutical, and Medical Devices and Diagnostics. Johnson & Johnson has a market cap of $264.2 billion and is part of the health care sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 20.9, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 32.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 8 analysts that rate Johnson & Johnson a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 8 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Johnson & Johnson as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, solid stock price performance, reasonable valuation levels and good cash flow from operations. 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, Mast Therapeutics ( MSTX), down 41.5%, Ariad Pharmaceuticals ( ARIA), down 10.9%, Idenix Pharmaceuticals ( IDIX), down 8.5% and Neuralstem ( CUR), down 7.0% , were all laggards within the drugs industry with Questcor Pharmaceuticals ( QCOR) 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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