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3 Stocks Pushing The Health Services Industry Lower

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The Health Services industry as a whole closed the day up 0.3% versus the S&P 500, which was up 0.4%. Laggards within the Health Services industry included Dynatronics ( DYNT), down 2.5%, Neovasc ( NVCN), down 7.6%, Electromed ( ELMD), down 3.6%, Allied Healthcare Products ( AHPI), down 7.6% and SunLink Health Systems ( SSY), down 7.4%.

TheStreet Ratings Group would like to highlight 3 stocks that pushed the industry lower today:

Spectranetics ( SPNC) is one of the companies that pushed the Health Services industry lower today. Spectranetics was down $0.63 (2.8%) to $21.76 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 1,868,770 shares of Spectranetics exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 497,500 shares. The stock ranged in price between $21.69-$22.80 after having opened the day at $22.48 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $22.39.

The Spectranetics Corporation, together with its subsidiaries, develops, manufactures, markets, and distributes single-use medical devices used in minimally invasive procedures in the cardiovascular system. Spectranetics has a market cap of $1.0 billion and is part of the health care sector. Shares are down 10.4% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 7 analysts who rate Spectranetics a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

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TheStreet Ratings rates Spectranetics as a hold. 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 and expanding profit margins. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including feeble growth in the company's earnings per share, deteriorating net income and disappointing return on equity.

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on SPNC go as follows:

  • SPNC's revenue growth has slightly outpaced the industry average of 3.3%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly increased by 5.1%. This growth in revenue does not appear to have trickled down to the company's bottom line, displayed by a decline in earnings per share.
  • SPNC has no debt to speak of therefore resulting in a debt-to-equity ratio of zero, which we consider to be a relatively favorable sign. Along with this, the company maintains a quick ratio of 7.50, which clearly demonstrates the ability to cover short-term cash needs.
  • Looking at where the stock is today compared to one year ago, we find that it is not only higher, but it has also clearly outperformed the rise in the S&P 500 over the same period, despite the company's weak earnings results. Looking ahead, our view is that this company's fundamentals will not have much impact in either direction, allowing the stock to generally move up or down based on the push and pull of the broad market.
  • The company's current return on equity has slightly decreased from the same quarter one year prior. This implies a minor weakness in the organization. Compared to other companies in the Health Care Equipment & Supplies industry and the overall market, SPECTRANETICS CORP's return on equity significantly trails that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
  • Net operating cash flow has decreased to -$8.36 million or 31.08% when compared to the same quarter last year. In addition, when comparing the cash generation rate to the industry average, the firm's growth is significantly lower.

You can view the full analysis from the report here: Spectranetics Ratings Report

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