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HCA Holdings Inc (HCA): Today's Featured Health Services Laggard

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HCA Holdings ( HCA) pushed the Health Services industry lower today making it today's featured Health Services laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.1%. By the end of trading, HCA Holdings fell $0.61 (-1.5%) to $40.20 on light volume. Throughout the day, 2,761,987 shares of HCA Holdings exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4,340,900 shares. The stock ranged in price between $39.72-$40.62 after having opened the day at $40.26 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $40.81. Other companies within the Health Services industry that declined today were: Oculus Innovative ( OCLS), down 8.6%, Retractable Technologies ( RVP), down 7.5%, Bovie Medical Corporation ( BVX), down 7.3% and LipoScience ( LPDX), down 6.9%.

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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 $18.2 billion and is part of the health care sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 13.3, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 35.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 13 analysts that rate HCA Holdings a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 2 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, poor profit margins and weak operating cash flow.

On the positive front, American Shared Hospital Services ( AMS), down 12.9%, Arrhythmia Research Technology ( HRT), down 9.6%, Iridex Corporation ( IRIX), down 9.4% and American Caresource Holdings ( ANCI), down 9.1% , were all gainers within the health services industry with Thermo Fisher Scientific ( TMO) being today's featured health services industry leader.

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

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