Gilead Sciences Inc (GILD): Today's Featured Drugs Winner

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Gilead ( GILD) pushed the Drugs industry higher today making it today's featured drugs winner. The industry as a whole closed the day up 2.2%. By the end of trading, Gilead rose $2.32 (3.1%) to $77.77 on average volume. Throughout the day, 10,033,397 shares of Gilead exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 11,448,500 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $75.51-$78.06 after having opened the day at $75.54 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $75.45. Other companies within the Drugs industry that increased today were: Geron Corporation ( GERN), up 39.3%, Pernix Therapeutics Holdings ( PTX), up 19.9%, Flamel Technologies ( FLML), up 18.4% and Opexa Therapeutics ( OPXA), up 14.8%.

Gilead Sciences, Inc., a biopharmaceutical company, discovers, develops, and commercializes medicines for the treatment of life threatening diseases in North America, South America, Europe, and the Asia-Pacific. Gilead has a market cap of $115.4 billion and is part of the health care sector. Shares are up 0.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 19 analysts that rate Gilead a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Gilead as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, solid stock price performance, reasonable valuation levels, expanding profit margins and increase in net income. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had generally high debt management risk by most measures that we evaluated.

On the negative front, Galena Biopharma ( GALE), down 12.4%, Star Scientific ( STSI), down 10.7%, Oxygen Biotherapeutics ( OXBT), down 8.5% and Oncothyreon ( ONTY), down 8.1% , were all laggards within the drugs industry with Herbalife ( HLF) 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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