Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd (TEVA): Today's Featured Drugs Winner

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Teva Pharmaceutical Industries ( TEVA) pushed the Drugs industry higher today making it today's featured drugs winner. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.7%. By the end of trading, Teva Pharmaceutical Industries rose $0.79 (1.6%) to $50.65 on light volume. Throughout the day, 4,135,468 shares of Teva Pharmaceutical Industries exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 7,165,500 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $49.40-$50.69 after having opened the day at $49.75 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $49.86. Other companies within the Drugs industry that increased today were: Fibrocell Science ( FCSC), up 10.8%, Karyopharm Therapeutics ( KPTI), up 9.3%, Synthetic Biologics ( SYN), up 9.2% and pSivida ( PSDV), up 8.2%.

Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Limited, together with its subsidiaries, develops, manufactures, sells, and distributes pharmaceutical products worldwide. The company offers generic pharmaceutical products; and basic chemicals, as well as specialized product families. Teva Pharmaceutical Industries has a market cap of $47.2 billion and is part of the health care sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 33.5, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 24.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 9 analysts that rate Teva Pharmaceutical Industries a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 10 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Teva Pharmaceutical Industries as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, solid stock price performance, growth in earnings per share and increase in net income. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat disappointing return on equity.

On the negative front, Actinium Pharmaceuticals ( ATNM), down 8.0%, Biota Pharmaceuticals ( BOTA), down 7.5%, Star Scientific ( STSI), down 6.8% and Inovio Pharmaceuticals ( INO), down 6.2% , were all laggards within the drugs industry with Pfizer ( PFE) 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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