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HCA Holdings Inc (HCA): Today's Featured Health Care Winner

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HCA Holdings ( HCA) pushed the Health Care sector higher today making it today's featured health care winner. The sector as a whole closed the day up 0.4%. By the end of trading, HCA Holdings rose 41 cents (1.1%) to $37.09 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 8.7 million shares of HCA Holdings exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4.6 million shares. The stock ranged in a price between $36.53-$37.65 after having opened the day at $36.74 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $36.68. Other companies within the Health Care sector that increased today were: Anika Therapeutics ( ANIK), up 16.3%, Hooper Holmes ( HH), up 11.6%, Retractable Technologies ( RVP), up 11.1%, and Natus Medical ( BABY), up 10.8%.

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HCA Holdings, Inc., through its subsidiaries, provides health care services in the United States. HCA Holdings has a market cap of $15.73 billion and is part of the health services industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 9.6, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 21.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 18 analysts that rate HCA Holdings a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and two rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates HCA Holdings as a sell. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its feeble growth in its earnings per share, deteriorating net income, weak operating cash flow and poor profit margins.

For investors not wanting singular stock exposure, ETFs may be of interest. Investors who are bullish on the health care sector could consider Health Care Select Sector SPDR ( XLV) while those bearish on the health care sector could consider ProShares Ultra Short Health Care ( RXD).

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