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

Editor's Note: Any reference to TheStreet Ratings and its underlying recommendation does not reflect the opinion of TheStreet, Inc. or any of its contributors including Jim Cramer or Stephanie Link.

HCA Holdings ( HCA) pushed the Health Services industry higher today making it today's featured health services winner. The industry as a whole closed the day down 0.7%. By the end of trading, HCA Holdings rose $0.98 (2.0%) to $50.40 on average volume. Throughout the day, 2,832,262 shares of HCA Holdings exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2,549,700 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $49.48-$50.60 after having opened the day at $49.70 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $49.42. Other companies within the Health Services industry that increased today were: Unilife ( UNIS), up 12.2%, Natus Medical ( BABY), up 6.9%, Tenet Healthcare ( THC), up 4.2% and Escalon Medical ( ESMC), up 3.3%.

HCA Holdings, Inc., through its subsidiaries, provides health care services. HCA Holdings has a market cap of $21.9 billion and is part of the health care sector. Shares are up 3.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 14 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 hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, increase in net income and revenue growth. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including weak operating cash flow and poor profit margins.

On the negative front, Intuitive Surgical ( ISRG), down 11.5%, Fonar ( FONR), down 7.5%, Electromed ( ELMD), down 7.3% and TearLab ( TEAR), down 6.0% , were all laggards within the health services industry with St Jude Medical ( STJ) being today's health services industry laggard.

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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