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HCA Holdings



) pushed the Health Services industry higher today making it today's featured health services winner. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.5%. By the end of trading, HCA Holdings rose $0.61 (1.6%) to $37.90 on average volume. Throughout the day, 3,256,888 shares of HCA Holdings exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4,238,000 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $36.67-$38.04 after having opened the day at $37.04 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $37.29. Other companies within the Health Services industry that increased today were:

Escalon Medical Corporation



), up 33.8%,




), up 12.6%,

BSD Medical Corporation



), up 11.7% and

Thermogenesis Corporation



), up 11.6%.

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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 $16.8 billion and is part of the health care sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 12.3, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 24.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 13 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


. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its feeble growth in its earnings per share, deteriorating net income, poor profit margins and weak operating cash flow.

On the negative front,




), down 15.4%,




), down 15.4%,

American Caresource Holdings



), down 12.4% and

Vision-Sciences Inc (DE



), down 6.4% , were all laggards within the health services industry with

St Jude Medical



) 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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