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

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Bristol-Myers Squibb Company ( BMY) pushed the Drugs industry higher today making it today's featured drugs winner. The industry as a whole closed the day down 0.2%. By the end of trading, Bristol-Myers Squibb Company rose $0.53 (1.1%) to $51.21 on average volume. Throughout the day, 7,182,001 shares of Bristol-Myers Squibb Company exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 7,294,000 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $50.51-$52.00 after having opened the day at $50.58 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $50.68. Other companies within the Drugs industry that increased today were: Hemispherx Biopharma ( HEB), up 60.0%, Prana Biotechnology ( PRAN), up 16.5%, Atossa Genetics ( ATOS), up 14.7% and Coronado Biosciences ( CNDO), up 13.4%.

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 $83.6 billion and is part of the health care sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 30.6, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 55.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 9 analysts that rate Bristol-Myers Squibb Company a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 7 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 revenue growth, compelling growth in net income, solid stock price performance, impressive record of earnings per share growth and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow.

On the negative front, Mast Therapeutics ( MSTX), down 42.4%, Curis ( CRIS), down 18.7%, Array BioPharma ( ARRY), down 12.5% and Conatus Pharmaceuticals ( CNAT), down 7.8% , were all laggards within the drugs industry with Biogen Idec ( BIIB) 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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