Abbott Laboratories (ABT): Today's Featured Health Services Winner - TheStreet

Abbott Laboratories



) pushed the Health Services industry higher today making it today's featured health services winner. The industry as a whole closed the day down 0.2%. By the end of trading, Abbott Laboratories rose $0.49 (1.4%) to $35.60 on average volume. Throughout the day, 6,785,613 shares of Abbott Laboratories exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 7,026,400 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $35.14-$35.79 after having opened the day at $35.41 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $35.11. Other companies within the Health Services industry that increased today were:

Vision-Sciences Inc (DE



), up 9.6%,




), up 8.7%,

Dehaier Medical Systems



), up 8.5% and




), up 6.3%.

Abbott Laboratories engages in the discovery, development, manufacture, and sale of health care products worldwide. Abbott Laboratories has a market cap of $54.5 billion and is part of the health care sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 9.1, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 6.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 11 analysts that rate Abbott Laboratories a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 11 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Abbott Laboratories as a


. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, notable return on equity and reasonable valuation levels. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including unimpressive growth in net income, a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself and feeble growth in the company's earnings per share.

On the negative front,

Pingtan Marine Enterprise



), down 65.0%,

CombiMatrix Corporation



), down 14.8%,




), down 12.3% and

USMD Holdings



), down 10.1% , were all laggards within the health services industry with




) being today's health services industry laggard.

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Health Care Select Sector SPDR



) while those bearish on the health services industry could consider

ProShares Ultra Short Health Care




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