3 Stocks Driving The Drugs Industry Higher

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All three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 60 points (0.4%) at 16,517 as of Tuesday, April 1, 2014, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,859 issues advancing vs. 1,154 declining with 141 unchanged.

The Drugs industry currently sits up 0.5% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.4%. Top gainers within the industry include Regeneron Pharmaceuticals ( REGN), up 2.2%, Alexion Pharmaceuticals ( ALXN), up 1.9%, Actavis ( ACT), up 1.8%, Valeant Pharmaceuticals International ( VRX), up 1.4% and AstraZeneca ( AZN), up 0.4%. A company within the industry that fell today was Novo Nordisk A/S ( NVO), up 0.8%.

TheStreet would like to highlight 3 stocks pushing the industry higher today:

3. Amgen ( AMGN) is one of the companies pushing the Drugs industry higher today. As of noon trading, Amgen is up $1.29 (1.1%) to $124.63 on average volume. Thus far, 1.4 million shares of Amgen exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.4 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $123.51-$125.90 after having opened the day at $123.67 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $123.34.

Amgen Inc., a biotechnology company, discovers, develops, manufactures, and delivers human therapeutics in the areas of oncology, hematology, inflammation, bone health, nephrology, cardiovascular, and general medicine worldwide. Amgen has a market cap of $91.0 billion and is part of the health care sector. Shares are up 8.1% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 7 analysts who rate Amgen a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 12 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Amgen as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income, revenue growth and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had generally high debt management risk by most measures that we evaluated. Get the full Amgen Ratings Report now.

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