HCA Holdings Inc (HCA): Today's Featured Health Services Loser - TheStreet

HCA Holdings

(

HCA

) pushed the Health Services industry lower today making it today's featured Health Services loser. The industry as a whole closed the day up 1.4%. By the end of trading, HCA Holdings fell 28 cents (-1.1%) to $26.25 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 7.4 million shares of HCA Holdings exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.9 million shares. The stock ranged in price between $26.23-$26.93 after having opened the day at $26.57 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $26.53. Other company's within the Health Services industry that declined today were:

American Caresource Holdings

(

ANCI

), down 11.6%,

Sunshine Heart

(

SSH

), down 10.4%,

Bovie Medical Corporation

(

BVX

), down 9.4%, and

PhotoMedex

(

PHMD

), down 8.3%.

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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 $11.95 billion and is part of the

health care

sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 4.8, equal to the average health services industry P/E ratio and below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 23.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 16 analysts that rate HCA Holdings a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and two 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 weak operating cash flow, generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself, poor profit margins and feeble growth in its earnings per share.

On the positive front,

Response Genetics

(

RGDX

), up 29.1%,

Graymark Healthcare

(

GRMH

), up 15.1%,

Echo Therapeutics

(

ECTE

), up 11.7%, and

Retractable Technologies

(

RVP

), up 11.1%, were all gainers within the health services industry with

UnitedHealth Group

(

UNH

) being today's featured health services industry winner.

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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