Boston Scientific Inc

(

BSX

) pushed the Health Services industry higher today making it today's featured health services winner. The industry as a whole closed the day down 1.9%. By the end of trading, Boston Scientific Inc rose 8 cents (1.4%) to $5.89 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 39.7 million shares of Boston Scientific Inc exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 20.7 million shares. The stock ranged in a price between $5.69-$5.93 after having opened the day at $5.71 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $5.81. Other companies within the Health Services industry that increased today were:

IVAX Diagnostics Inc

(

IVD

), up 7.7%,

RTI Biologics Inc

(

RTIX

), up 6.4%,

Celsion Corporation

(

CLSN

), up 6.2%, and

Dehaier Medical Systems

(

DHRM

), up 5.8%.

Boston Scientific Corporation develops, manufactures, and markets medical devices used in various interventional medical specialties worldwide. Boston Scientific Inc has a market cap of $8.3 billion and is part of the

health care

sector. Shares are down 25.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday.

TheStreet Ratings rates Boston Scientific as a

hold

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its attractive valuation levels, expanding profit margins and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. 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,

Integra LifeSciences Holdings Inc

(

IART

), down 16.4%,

BioMimetic Therapeutics Inc

(

BMTI

), down 11.7%,

Response Genetics Inc

(

RGDX

), down 10.5%, and

China Kanghui Holdings

(

KH

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

C.R. Bard Inc

(

BCR

) being today's health services industry loser.

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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