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 0.4%. By the end of trading, Pfizer fell $0.40 (-1.2%) to $31.48 on average volume. Throughout the day, 27,220,597 shares of Pfizer exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 25,893,600 shares. The stock ranged in price between $31.44-$31.96 after having opened the day at $31.92 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $31.88. Other companies within the Drugs industry that declined today were: Prana Biotechnology ( PRAN), down 13.3%, Geron Corporation ( GERN), down 6.9%, Amyris ( AMRS), down 6.8% and Portola Pharmaceuticals ( PTLA), down 6.4%.

Pfizer Inc., a biopharmaceutical company, discovers, develops, manufactures, and sells medicines for people and animals worldwide. Pfizer has a market cap of $207.0 billion and is part of the health care sector. Shares are up 4.3% 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 2 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Pfizer as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its increase in stock price during the past year, impressive record of earnings per share growth and expanding profit margins. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income.

On the positive front, Chelsea Therapeutics International ( CHTP), up 24.4%, Tianyin Pharmaceutical ( TPI), up 22.2%, China Pharma ( CPHI), up 20.1% and Nanoviricides ( NNVC), up 16.6% , were all gainers within the drugs industry with Eli Lilly and Company ( LLY) 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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