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

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Pfizer ( PFE) pushed the Drugs industry higher today making it today's featured drugs winner. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.8%. By the end of trading, Pfizer rose $0.63 (2.1%) to $30.77 on average volume. Throughout the day, 34,115,327 shares of Pfizer exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 25,278,400 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $30.01-$30.78 after having opened the day at $30.30 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $30.14. Other companies within the Drugs industry that increased today were: Ariad Pharmaceuticals ( ARIA), up 19.7%, Omeros Corporation ( OMER), up 18.1%, DepoMed ( DEPO), up 17.6% and Halozyme Therapeutics ( HALO), up 16.6%.

Pfizer Inc., a biopharmaceutical company, discovers, develops, manufactures, and sells medicines for people and animals worldwide. Pfizer has a market cap of $196.1 billion and is part of the health care sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 20.0, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 20.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 8 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 largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, reasonable valuation levels, increase in stock price during the past year, good cash flow from operations and expanding profit margins. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income.

On the negative front, Mast Therapeutics ( MSTX), down 42.7%, Enanta Pharmaceuticals ( ENTA), down 22.1%, Onconova Therapeutics ( ONTX), down 18.7% and ImmunoCellular Therapeutics ( IMUC), down 12.0%.

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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